Five Keystone lawyers have been recognised in the Spear’s legal index for 2023 for their expertise and experience in art, corporate and employment law.

Lisette Aguilar and Gregor Kleinknecht are both ranked as ‘Top Recommended’ art lawyers for high-net-worth individuals in the UK, while Fara Mohammad is a ‘Top Recommended’ corporate lawyer. Alistair French and Clive Howard are both deemed ‘Top Recommended’ employment lawyers for senior executives, wealth managers and family offices.

The prestigious rankings are drawn up based on peer nominations, client feedback, telephone and face-to-face interviews, data supplied by firms, as well as information gathered by the Spear’s editorial and research teams.


Lisette Aguilar

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Lisette specialises in art-related disputes and transactions, having extensive experience handling issues arising from questions of authenticity and attribution, provenance and ownership, World War II restitution, cultural property claims, export, loss and damage, and copyright, both in Europe and Asia. Lisette previously worked for 12 years as associate general counsel and senior director at Sotheby’s.

Read Lisette’s Spear’s profile here.

Gregor Kleinknecht

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Gregor is an expert in international commercial dispute resolution with a focus on complex and high-value, cross-border and multi-jurisdictional arbitration and litigation cases. His practice covers art and cultural heritage law, advising on the contractual aspects of commissioning, buying or selling art, whether through commissioning agreements with artists, agency or gallery agreements, private treaty sales, or consignment by auction, including advice on pre-acquisition, due diligence and provenance.

Read Gregor’s Spear’s profile here.


Fara Mohammad 

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Fara is a specialist adviser to international companies and individuals on their inward investments into the UK, Europe and MEA. She advises businesses, funds and private clients on the financing of their investments and often acts as external general counsel for all legal aspects related to the investment.

Read Fara’s Spear’s profile here.


Alistair French

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Alistair frequently advises senior executives in disputes with banks, hedge funds, asset managers, private equity houses and insurers. He also advises employers in a broad range of sectors on a broad spectrum of workplace matters. Primarily his work for business is non-contentious: drafting and advising on contracts and policies, and putting in place structures to avoid Tribunal.

Read Alistair’s Spear’s profile here.

Clive Howard

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Clive is an expert in contentious exits, whistleblowing and discrimination claims. He has advised on numerous high-profile cases, including acting for senior figures in the financial and public sectors. He advised Paul Moore, the famous HBOS whistleblower, in his legal battle with the high street giant. This resulted in the bank settling and led to interventions from the then prime minister Gordon Brown.

Read Clive’s Spear’s profile here.

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