Fionnuala is a consultant lawyer in the art and cultural property group with 7 years’ experience exclusively working in international Art and Cultural Property Law, with a particular interest in cultural property and extensive experience in the Middle East where she regularly works. Fionnuala advises on all aspects of art law including cultural property and the repatriation, seizure and export of antiquities; worldwide touring exhibitions, art and technology, auction guarantees, cross border transactions, art funds and alternative investments.
Fionnuala is regularly consulted on policy, legislation and international reports in relation to cultural property and the art world, most notably: the UK Government’s Ivory Act 2018, the 2019 DCMS consultation on measures to strengthen the retention of National Treasures, the UN Special Rapporteur’s report to the UN Assembly regarding destruction of cultural property during conflict; the UN Abu Dhabi Declaration regarding safeguarding of cultural property; the Council of Europe Convention on the Deliberate Destruction and Illegal Trafficking of Cultural Property (Nicosia Convention), the EU Cultural Property Import Regulations. Fionnuala has also been invited to present on upcoming legislation at the European Parliament and represented the UK at the EU and UNESCO summit Fighting Illicit Trafficking in Cultural Property in November 2018.
Prior to joining Constantine Cannon, Fionnuala co-founded the Pinsent Masons International Art Group in 2012 where she continues to advise their middle eastern clients as a consultant.
Fionnuala received a first class honours degree in Philosophy and Social Anthropology from Queen’s University Belfast and has a first class honours in Law from the University of Law. Fionnuala qualified in England and Wales in 2012.