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Established 2006

Prior to establishing his own practice in 2006, Paul Britton gained nearly 20 years experience working within specialist sectors of the art market including conservation, auctioneering and valuation acquiring extensive experience and developing close working relationships with specialist art advisors and leading practitioners within the fields of art law, taxation and conservation.

Prior to 2006 he acted as a Fine Art Surveyor to an International firm of loss adjusters, specialising in claims involving antiques and Works of Art following theft, loss or damage. In this role he also provided bespoke valuation, pre-risk surveying and disaster planning services to private and commercial clients, including heritage property owners and landed estates.

Paul has held key positions with leading independent Fine Art Valuers and in the valuation department of a London auction house undertaking valuations of all types of fine and decorative art objects, personal property for auction sale, insurance and taxation purposes.

He is actively involved with the Arts & Antiques professional group of the RICS, of which he has been a member for several years, and contributes to various technical papers and publications on valuation standards and practice. Early in life and throughout his career, Paul has maintained a keen personal and professional interest in the conservation and restoration of art objects, in particular fine furniture.

Memberships

  • Institute of Art and Law
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

    Paul is a contributing author to RICS technical guidance notes relating to the valuation of personal property and selling personal property at auction.

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
  • Institute of Conservation
  • International Institute of Conservation
  • Professional Advisors to the International Art Market
  • UK Registrars Group

Publications

RICS Guidance note on the valuation of Personal Property, 2010
Contributing Author
RICS Guidance Note: Selling Personal Property at Auction, 2009
Contributing Author
The Valuation of Heritage Assets
Research paper sponsored by RICS, HM Treasury and Kingston University, April 2009, Contributing Author
The Importance of Being Valued: Appraising Works of Art for Insurance Purposes
Historic House Association magazine, Autumn 2006.
Probate Valuation - Key to valuable information
The RICS Arts Surveyor Newsletter, August 2006.
Selling Personal Property at Auction
Principal Contributing Author, RICS Guidance Note, July 2006.
The Valuation of Chattels
TAXline, Autumn 2005.
High Net Worth: The Way Ahead
Brokers' Monthly, April 2004.
So what’s it worth (and what is it?)
Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, Vol. 24, No.1, 2003.
Market Forces
Trace, March 2003.
Deciding how to base valuations
High Net Worth, Summer/Autumn 2002.
Are you covered?
Trace, June 2002.

Lectures & Seminars

Fine Art Losses: Framing The Value Issue
In association with Wade Clark Mulcahy, New York
Seminar at the International Underwriting Association
London, 14 November 2012
Mitigating loss in value in Fine Art claims
Workshop at the International Fine Art & Specie Insurance Conference
Barcelona, 20th October 2011
Maintaining Standards and Managing Risk
RICS, London, Art and Antiques Seminar, 14 December 2009 and 9 February 2010
The Perils of Owning and Insuring Contemporary Art
Lecture at Art Basel, Switzerland, June 2008.
The Perils of Owning & Insuring Contemporary Art
Lecture for the Contemporary Art Society, London, September 2008.