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  • Ruth Cornett CTA TEP

    Senior Director, Heritage & Taxation Advisory Service


    Prior to joining Christie’s, Ruth Cornett worked as a tax adviser in a number of professional firms in the City and the West End of London. After training as an art historian and working as a curator in the V&A, Ruth changed careers in 1992, studying law and qualifying as a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) in 1998. Ruth has advised a broad spectrum of clients on a range of tax matters with a particular emphasis on capital gains tax, inheritance tax and income tax. To consolidate her expertise in these areas, Ruth qualified as a Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) in 2008. Ruth lectures frequently for Christie’s Education and STEP on tax and heritage matters, has contributed to leading publications in this field and sits as an observer on the Tax and Political Committee of Historic Houses (HH).


    Name:Ruth Cornett CTA TEP

    Position:Senior Director, Heritage & Taxation Advisory Service
  • Luisa Romanelli CTA

    Associate Director, Heritage & Taxation Advisory Service


    Luisa joined Christie’s in 2012 after obtaining a BA in Italian and History of Art from the University of Reading and holding positions at The Royal Collection Trust and The National Gallery. She was appointed Associate Director in 2021 and recently qualified as a Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA), specialising in the Taxation of Individuals and Inheritance Tax, Trusts and Estates. Luisa has worked on a number of Offers in Lieu and Conditional Exemption claims for UK Estates, across multiple artistic specialities. She also provides a range of clients with advice on the tax issues surrounding the acquisition, disposal and inheritance of works of art.

    Ruth Cornett CTA TEP

    Name:Luisa Romanelli CTA

    Position:Associate Director, Heritage & Taxation Advisory Service