Aaron Taylor is a barrister and academic fascinated by the law relating to art & cultural property. He is currently working on his first book, which tells stories of fraud, forgery and financial crime in the global art market. His book proposal was shortlisted for the 2021 Bracken Bower Prize, and was awarded a 2023 Churchill Fellowship to support his research.
Aaron studied history at the University of Bristol, graduating with the highest First in his year, before reading for an accelerated second degree in law at St Edmund’s College Cambridge (Double First) and a postgraduate degree in law at Keble College, Oxford (Distinction). He teaches art & cultural property law at Goldsmiths, UoL (where he is a Visiting Research Fellow) and the London School of Economics (where he is a visiting lecturer). He has published widely in leading academic legal journals.
As a barrister at Fountain Court Chambers, Aaron acts in a broad range of commercial disputes, usually with an international element. He is appointed to the UK Serious Fraud Office’s panel of junior counsel for cross-border proceeds of crime cases. Recent art law cases include a dispute over the rights to a large body of works by a prominent pop artist, advising a law enforcement authority on the seizure of various forgeries, and proceedings to recover a misappropriated portfolio of NFTs.