The LAPADA Conference 2019

The 11th edition of the LAPADA Conference returns to the House of Lords

A unique proposition in the UK’s art and antiques trade, the annual LAPADA Conference is the most prominent industry forum of its kind. Over the last decade, the conference has welcomed a broad selection of world-class speakers to engage, inform, and inspire the trade.

In addition to providing practical knowledge on key issues, the Conference offers the chance to network with other trade professionals throughout the day. Due to the upcoming Restoration and Renewal Project at the House of Lords, 2019 will be our last year in this extraordinary venue.

Tickets include morning refreshments, a three-course lunch on the Cholmondeley Terrace overlooking the Thames and networking drinks in the afternoon. Guided tours of the Houses of Parliament are also available on a first come, first served basis. Contact the Gillian at [email protected] to reserve your tour. Book tickets and more information at

Conference Programme

Turning Trophies into Gold: Expanding the Reach and Relevance of Established Brands

What can art & antiques businesses can learn from the luxury and hospitality sectors? Julia Record and Jill Thomas, in conversation with Lucy Cleland, will discuss keeping heritage brands fresh and relevant today, attracting a younger and international crowd, and developing your business image.

Julia Record, Global Director of Communications, Dorchester Collection; Jill Thomas, Director, Bruton Productions; Lucy Cleland, Editor, Country & Town House Magazine

Are you Digitally Savvy? Using Social Media to Grow Your Business

Social media is transforming the way art and antiques dealers do business and is increasingly becoming a viable sales platform for the trade. Victor Benady, digital marketing expert and Head of HS Insights at Hudson Sandler, and Pontus Silfverstolpe, Head of Content and Founding Partner of Barnebys, explain how to build your brand on digital and social media platforms, which platforms you should be focusing on, how to develop a meaningful audience, and how to use digital to drive sales.

Victor Benady, Head of HS Insights, Hudson Sandler; Pontus Silfverstolpe, Head of Content and Founding Partner, Barnebys

Business and Succession Planning for Art & Antiques Dealers-

Stephen Morrall and Jonathan Godwin-Austen, partners at Hunters Solicitors, explain what you need to know about structuring and planning for the future of your business both now and in anticipation of your retirement. Whether you are planning to hand over your business to a family member or someone else or gradually wind down, Stephen and Jonathan discuss everything you need to consider so that you are prepared when the time comes.

Stephen Morrall (Partner, Hunters Solicitors) and Jonathan Godwin-Austen (Partner, Hunters Solicitors)

Navigating BREXIT

Chaired by Ivan MacQuisten, this panel includes leading specialists in the art market covering all the essentials from logistics to tax planning that will help you navigate trading across Europe and the Rest of the World in the wake of the plans for BREXIT.

Ivan MacQuisten (CEO, iMacQ), Craig Davies (Rawlinson & Hunter), Victor Khureya (Gander & White).

The New Anti-Money-Laundering Directive

The new Anti-Money-Laundering Directive will come into effect in 2019, with due diligence expected on all transactions at and above 10,000 euros regardless of the payment method.  Tom Noon, CEO of ArcartaPay, explains what the directive means for you and your business and the steps you need to take to comply.

Tom Noon, CEO & Founder, Arcarta & ArcartaPay