Richard Clark is a senior, CEDR accredited mediator with over 30 years’ experience as a commercial dispute resolution lawyer. He is also an Accredited Mediator at the Court of Arbitration for Art.

Richard was formerly a leading litigation partner and Head of Dispute Resolution at Slaughter and May. He was one of only three lawyers in London to be ranked as an Eminent Practitioner for litigation. 

Richard is ranked as a leading commercial mediator in the Legal 500 and also features as Top Recommended in Spears 500.

Underlying Richard’s approach to mediation is a belief that effective mediators need not only to possess relevant legal knowledge, inter-personal and dispute resolution skills but also an understanding and appreciation of business, markets and management. Richard’s position as a non-executive board member of a number of organisations is complementary to his mediation practice.

You can view and download Richard’s full CV here.

Richard is Non-Executive Chair of The College of Legal Practice. The college is dedicated to delivering intensive, purpose-built, online training programmes to prepare young lawyers and develop experienced practitioners for the demands of today’s legal services sector.

Richard is an Honorary Fellow of Harris Manchester College, Oxford and a member of the Commercial Law Centre at the University of Oxford. He is also a member of the Board of Regents at Harris Manchester College, Oxford.

Richard is a Senior Advisor at Sanctuary Counsel which is based in Westminster and provides strategic communications and reputational advice to corporate and financial institutions, professional services firms, family offices, governments and individuals. 

Richard is a trustee of the The King’s Fund. He is also chair of the Facilities and Estates Committee and a member of the Investment Committee.  

Richard is a Commissioner of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea. As well as sitting on the Board of Commissioners, Richard is a member of the Investment Committee and the Audit & Risk Committee. 

Richard’s career at Slaughter and May spanned 35 years. He was a leading Dispute Resolution Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution and, prior to his retirement from the firm in 2017, Executive Managing Partner. Richard was a member of the firm’s Partnership Board for 14 years and was at the centre of Slaughter and May’s strategy and operations, as well as its dispute resolution practice.