Art and Cultural Property Disputes

“Richard is quite simply an art law guru…” 

Richard Clark is one of only a small number of accredited mediators who has a specialisation in art and cultural property disputes. Richard is a leading mediator in the sector and highly regarded in the art market. Richard is a senior, CEDR accredited mediator and an Accredited Mediator at the Court of Arbitration for Art.

He 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. 

In addition to his mediation practice, Richard sits as a non-executive director on several boards, giving him valuable business, market and commercial insights which complement his extensive legal knowledge, interpersonal and dispute resolution skills. Richard is also very familiar with all aspects of the international art market. He has in the past, as a leading art lawyer, advised major auction houses on governance and terms of business as well as advising some of the world’s most famous museums, galleries, dealers and private collectors. He has also served two terms on the council of Tate St Ives and on the board of Falmouth University.

Disputes which he has mediated in this area include:

  • Ownership and title
  • Attribution
  • Provenance
  • Auction houses
  • Art fairs and exhibitions
  • Private galleries and art dealers
  • Family collections, inheritance and trusts
  • Restoration and conservation
  • Art investment, finance and art funds
  • Art insurance and reinsurance
  • Storage, transportation and freeports
  • Artist management and estates
  • Museums, foundations and trusts
  • Art lending and guarantees
  • Copyright and trademarks
  • Import/Export
  • Tax, VAT and duties
  • International, cross-border and conflict of laws 

Richard is a member of Professional Advisers to the International Art Market, the Centre for Art Law, and the Institute of Art and Law. He is also listed in the Clarion List.