TESTIMONIALS

As Editor of Antiques Trade Gazette for the past 15 years, Ivan Macquisten has worked closely with me on various campaigns, notably the attempt to reduce the impact of the Artist’s Resale Right on the UK fine art and antiques industry. He displays a sound grasp of both the political and media agendas and has the ability to get to the heart of the matter quickly and effectively. Anthony Browne

Chairman, The British Art Market Federation

I have worked with Ivan Macquisten for nearly 3 years on a project relating to presenting the case to Government to defend the interests of the UK’s classic replica furniture industry, in the face of a change in copyright law removing their long-established legal right to continue to make and sell their furniture. Ivan co-ordinated the strategy for the campaign, kept the momentum up, organised meetings with the Intellectual Property Office and with Government ministers, and presented the commercial case on behalf of the replica furniture makers with consummate skill. He knows his subject matter and the art industry in depth and his tireless energy and enthusiasm was a crucial factor in the success of the project – which resulted in the replica furniture industry winning an extension of 5 years of the impact of the law in order for them to change their business model and effect the transition. Ben Goodger

Partner, Osborne Clarke

Ivan Macquisten devised and executed the most sophisticated and effective of lobbying campaigns for ECHO, a consortium of small firms he helped form to combat damaging legislation championed by huge multi-national business interests. He then spent two and a half years leading and co-ordinating this David v Goliath campaign, driving it forward with a strategy that set the agenda for the debate and negotiating at the highest level in Whitehall. The resulting victory exceeded our best hopes by some distance, an extraordinary success for which Ivan can claim the lion’s share of the credit along with his campaign partners. Richard Gallacher

Chairman, ECHO (Expired Copyright Homeware Organisation)