23 February 2017

Now in its 9th year, the LAPADA Conference is a unique proposition in the UK’s art & antiques trade and the forerunner of this type of industry forum

Welcome refreshments served from 9.30 | Conference commences at 10.15 and finishes at 17.00
Guided Tours of the Houses of Parliament available at 8.45am (booking necessary, first come basis)
Dan Sloshberg | Cyber Resiliency Expert, Mimecast
Cyber-attacks are increasingly common and target small and larger businesses alike. Learn more about the tactics hackers use, how to spot them and what you should do to best protect your business.

Philip James & Danielle Spiers | Partners, Sheridans
Whether you transact online or simply connect with customers via email, there is probably more due diligence required than you realise. In this session we will get practical advice on how to safely manage and store your clients' data, compliance with Distance Selling Regulations and information around the mysteries of copyright.

CEO of Art Recovery International and Founder of the non-profit Artive Database, Chris Marinello is one of the world’s foremost experts in recovering stolen, looted, and missing works of art. Known as the “Sherlock Holmes” of the art world, Marinello will share stories from the dark underworld of art trafficking and give tips for dealers on conducting
due diligence in the acquisition process. 

Toma Clark Haines | CEO, The Antiques Diva & Co.
What factors influence a customer’s decision making in buying from one dealer over another? What creates a sense of trust in establishing long-term relationships with clients? Toma Clark Haines runs Europe & Asia's largest antiques touring and sourcing company. Toma will talk through what she sees as the main drivers in creating trusted relationships between buyers and sellers offering tips on how to develop  these relationships and how to best communicate with American clients. 

Craig Davies | Partner, Rawlinson & Hunter
By 2020 most businesses will be required to keep track of their tax affairs digitally and to update HMRC at least quarterly via their digital tax accounts. Craig Davies will talk through what this means for individual businesses and how can you prepare yourself for the changes ahead.


LAPADA, The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers, is the largest society of professional art and antiques dealers in the UK. Established in 1974 it represents over 500 members across five continents, experts in their fields, whose specialities range from fine art, jewellery and furniture to contemporary works, sculpture and ceramics.

Blenheim Palace, Waddesdon Manor, The Wallace Collection and Goldsmiths’ Hall have all played host to the LAPADA Conference. Now in its 9th year, due to overwhelmingly positive feedback, we are delighted to return to the House of Lords by courtesy of our Chairman, Lord Chadlington.

Over the years the LAPADA Conference has welcomed a broad selection of world-class speakers to engage, inform and inspire the trade; giving guests a fresh perspective on today’s business climate as well as a chance to network. Past topics have ranged from cultural etiquette to digital marketing and Artists’ Resale Right to retail psychology.

Lord Chadlington
Lord Chadlington (Peter) has spent his working life in journalism, public relations, and politics.
Peter founded two of the largest public relations networks in the world. In the UK, he sits on the Government Benches in the House of Lords.

Dan Sloshberg
Cyber Resiliency Expert, Mimecast

Dan joined Mimecast in December 2013 and is responsible for uncovering deep customer and market insight to help build and bring to market compelling solutions that address key customer requirements.
Toma Clark Haines is the Chief Executive of The Antiques Diva & Co, Europe & Asia's largest antiques touring and sourcing company. Working with predominantly American trade clients she understands how and why her audience needs to establish trust with antique dealers when sourcing antiques overseas. 
Philip James is a Partner and leads Sheridans’ Technology and Data Privacy groups. Philip advises both customers and suppliers of technology on the issues surrounding commercial contracts, including licensing, database rights, copyright, data privacy and related intellectual property rights.

Danielle Spiers is a Partner in the Employment Group at Sheridans with significant experience of acting for art galleries. Recent advisory work undertaken by Danielle in the art sector has included drafting bespoke contractual documentation such as employment contracts, consignment agreements and loan agreements, providing legal and strategic advice in relation to senior hires and exits.
Craig Davies is a corporate services partner at Rawlinson & Hunter. His portfolio mainly comprises UK and international owner managed businesses with a concentration of clients operating in the arts, entertainment, information technology, biosciences and investment advisory sectors.

Principal Sponsor

Rawlinson & Hunter has been at the forefront of the provision of tax and accounting advice to the art world since our formation over 80 years ago. We act for leading artists, galleries and dealers on their underlying businesses and specific transactions. Many of our private clients are also avid collectors and we advise them regularly on transactional practicalities. We provide intelligent, well thought out and practical advice on the financial aspects of art transactions. Our unrivalled experience in advising on complex issues, often involving a number of jurisdictions with their associated tax implications, has given us a unique understanding of the requirements of those at the business end of the art world as well as collectors.
Rawlinson & Hunter
Supporting Sponsor
Besso Limited
Besso Limited, International Division is the sole appointed insurance broker to LAPADA. The Besso/LAPADA Insurance Scheme can provide LAPADA members with an unrivalled professional advice, discounted premiums and comprehensive cover tailored to individual requirements. We provide access to global insurance and reinsurance markets, and have a team of experts who handle a huge variety of risks through our specialist divisions. Versatility and reliability are hallmarks of the Besso brand.
Supporting Sponsor
ArtRatio is a boutique manufacturer of art conservation furniture, dedicated to protecting the market value of works of art. Our electro-optic glass vitrines become transparent only when someone is nearby, allowing a truly theatrical presentation of rare, fragile manuscripts, antique photographs, textiles and jewellery. At all other times, our products become completely opaque, providing after-hours security and reducing UV, IR and visible light damage, which can result in fading and structural breakdown of sensitive materials. Our products allow private and corporate collectors to increase the market value of investments made in art through exhibition at galleries and museums without compromising the sensitive objects on display. To date, ArtRatio has protected two original maps of the 1815 Battle of Waterloo as well as a priceless 19th-century 'Torres' Spanish guitar."
Supporting Sponsor
Cadogan Tate
Headquartered in London, with operations in Paris, Côte d’Azur, New York and Los Angeles, Cadogan Tate handles extremely valuable, complex or market/media sensitive relocation and storage assignments for high net worth, large corporate or government clients. Its Fine Art service works with galleries, dealers and auctioneers across the western hemisphere, moving storing managing and insuring up to £2 billion of art, antiques and antiquities every year, while its Interior Designer Service manages the storage, delivery and installation of art and fine furniture for many of the world’s top interior designers.
Supporting Sponsor
Malca-Amit provides the luxury goods industry, high-net worth individuals and international banks with a global team of experts, including logistics, security, customs house and special operations professionals. Malca-Amit provides a smooth, expedient and professional service tailored to precise specifications and needs.
Malca-Amit provides best in class customer service and solutions for those dealing in diamonds and jewellery, watches, precious metals, fine art and planning special events.

Media Partner
Antiques Trade Gazette
Antiques Trade Gazette is dedicated to serving the art and antiques community through unrivalled news coverage and analysis.
Published every week since 1971, Antiques Trade Gazette has a heritage of authority, integrity and accuracy at the heart of its reporting that make it the essential read for anyone with an interest in the fascinating world of art and antiques.
Its team of expert writers takes an independent and objective view to bring you the stories that matter. Their knowledge and understanding ensure that you enjoy entertaining and insightful articles that will help you make better buying and business decisions.
The weekly newspaper is complemented by a constantly updated website, an email service, plus apps for iPad, iPhone, Android and Windows devices.


Tickets are available to buy directly from the LAPADA office (call 020 7823 3511) or online via Eventbrite.

The cost per LAPADA member is £115+VAT; for non-members it is £150+VAT. In addition to the formal business, the price includes refreshments throughout the day, a three course seated lunch with wine in the riverside terrace of the Cholmondeley Room and networking drinks at close.


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