Lucie Lambrecht studied law at the University of Leuven (KUL) (Belgium) and the University of London (UK). She practised as a lawyer in Brussels and London, where she was working in the banking and corporate departments of the renowned law firms Linklaters and Allen & Overy for more than 20 years. In 2010 she established the law firm Lambrecht Law Office in Brussels, where she is admitted to the bar, and fully dedicated herself to art law, cultural property and the consultancy of private, public and corporate collectors in this ambit.
While during her early practice she gained profound experience and know-how in tax, company and financial law on an international level, including being trained as mediator in commercial and civil matters (BBMC), she became increasingly devoted to art law throughout her career. Within this context, Lucie headed a multi-disciplinary team of lawyers specialising in this manifold ambit. To further deepen her expertise, she obtained a diploma in art law policy and management from the UK-based Institute of Art and Law of which she has been a member since 1996. She is also a member of the Dutch Vereniging voor Kunst Cultuur en Recht and the Swiss Art Law Foundation (foundation pour le droit de l’art), furthermore taking vividly part in philanthropic activities related to art and culture.
Lucie’s expertise, international profile and professional network allow her to engage in a wide field of legal activities. Accordingly, her experience is very broad: advising governmental and administrative organs concerning legislation in diverse cultural matters; advising public and private collectors, auction houses, galleries, museums and artists in both extrajudicial and judicial subjects such as title disputes, restitution cases, authenticity disputes, export licenses, art loans and gifts, trust and foundation structures, designing cultural property and tax-optimisation strategies. She was appointed as arbitrator to the original Arbitration Pool of CAfA (the Court of Arbitration for Art based in The Hague) in January 2020.
Furthermore, as a multilingual and internationally experienced law firm, Lambrecht Law Office is able to provide service for international clients in the context of cross-border disputes, international private law issues and collecting activities. Lambrecht Law Office mainly operates in Dutch, French, English and German, but also provides correspondence services in Spanish, Italian and Catalan.
Lucie has written various articles with collector related issues and speaks regularly on legal forums and symposiums. Her publishing activity includes articles concerning copyright, the protection of movable cultural property, international cultural property law proceedings, tax-advantageous art giving, musical heritage and besides company and financial law. She wrote the Belgian chapter of The Art Collecting Legal Handbook, 2nd edition, Sweet & Maxwell, 2016.