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Tiffany de Waynecourt-Steele

Art Law and Trust Law Advisor


Tiffany is a Geneva-based UK Solicitor and South African Barrister focused on the intersection of private client law, art law transactions and disputes. She advises private collectors, family offices, investors, entrepreneurs, artists, trustees and bankers on all aspects of art as an asset and on trust law issues.

Tiffany’s advisory work embraces art transactions (including implementing robust art due diligence strategies), art finance (collateral), loans to museums, insurance-related issues,

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import and export regulations, logistics and art-related aspects of estates, wills and trusts. Tiffany’s Staff Attorney experience at the Claims Resolution Tribunal arbitrating restitution claims to holocaust era assets means that she is also well-placed to assist clients in recovering stolen and looted artworks. She draws on her experience in International Law to advise clients on cultural heritage risks in art transactions.

Tiffany’s art practice is complemented by a trust law practice developed at various Swiss-based law firms and her own law practice, which focuses on trustee indemnities, challenges to jurisdiction (including submission to jurisdiction), variation of trusts (including Public Trustee type applications), capacity issues, marriage contracts (pre-nuptial and post-nuptial), inheritance and forced heirship claims. She also advises on NDA’s.

In November 2022, Tiffany was a named an arbitrator for the Court of Arbitration for Art in the Netherlands. Tiffany is a Professional Advisor to the International Art Market (“PAIAM”) and a Member of the Art Law Foundation in Geneva. She read a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Master of Philosophy (with distinction) at the University of Oxford’s Corpus Christi College.
Tiffany is a member of the Artworks Committee of a South Africa institution dedicated to collecting and exhibiting art focussed on issues of justice, democracy and constitutionalism, and advises the Trustee owners on issues surrounding the curation and conservation of the growing collection.

Tiffany is interested in restitution, authenticity disputes and the use of blockchain technology to enhance the robustness of the art market.