Russell-Cooke's Francesca Kaye and Mark Fletcher recently acted for Viscount Caldecote in relation to his dispute with the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum and Christie, Manson and Woods Limited.

The dispute concerned the unauthorised sale of various items loaned to the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum, including the Thomas Buttersworth painting of the Honourable East India Company's ship Dunira passing Funchal Bay on the Island of Madeira which was bought by the Quinta das Cruzes Museum in Madeira.

This matter received a considerable amount of media coverage, including from the Guardian ( and the BBC (, with Viscount Caldecote contributing to an episode of BBC Inside Out West on 10 December 2012.

The parties have now reached a settlement under which Viscount Caldecote has accepted a substantial sum in respect of the value of the items sold and his legal costs. The items that were sold can remain with the buyers who purchased them in good faith. Due to the confidential nature of the settlement, further details about its terms cannot be disclosed.