Petra Williams-Lescht MA

Petra Williams-Lescht MA

Petra Williams-Lescht qualified as a solicitor in September 2013, having completed her legal training at Klein Solicitors.  As a trainee, she gained experience in both transactional and dispute resolution work, with a particular focus on the firm’s core practice areas of dispute resolution, intellectual property, and art and cultural heritage law.

Petra completed her Graduate Diploma in Law in 2010 and her Legal Practice Course (with distinction) in 2011, both at BPP Law School in London.  Prior to her legal studies, Petra graduated with a BA in History of Art with honours from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, United States, and an  MA  from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.  Petra is currently pursuing a part-time LLM at the London School of Economics.

Before deciding to pursue a legal career, Petra held research, collection management and business roles at museums, galleries and auction houses in the United States and London, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Christie’s and the Royal Collection at Kensington Palace.

During her studies, Petra engaged in a variety of voluntary work: tutoring in disadvantaged inner-city schools, assisting the financial inclusion team at Toynbee Hall, a charity aimed at tackling poverty in East London, and participating in pro bono legal projects. At BPP Law School, she was a student director in the intellectual property pro bono group, running a project in connection with Own-it, a not-for-profit organisation offering free intellectual property advice to the creative industries.  As a solicitor, she is continuing her involvement with Own-it by supervising BPP students in writing letters of advice.  She also leads the firm’s project to provide pro bono advice to low income and not-for-profit arts and cultural organisations through Lawyers Volunteering for the Arts.

Petra is a member of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA), International Referral Rising Stars, London Young Lawyers Group, and the Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society of England and Wales.  In addition, she benefits from the firm’s institutional memberships of other professional organisations such as INTA, the Institute of Art and Law, the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation, and the German British Chamber of Commerce.

Petra can be contacted on +44 (0)207 958 9890 or by email to




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