From art law to commercial disputes Richard has over 30 years’ experience as a senior dispute resolution lawyer and mediator. 

Mediations in which Richard has been involved include:

Art and Cultural Property Disputes

Richard has a particular expertise in art law and disputes relating to art and cultural property.

Recent examples of art related disputes in which Richard has mediated include:


  • Title and ownership relating to a £28m art work
  • Attribution dispute relating to an important old master painting
  • Art fund investment dispute
  • Client/dealer dispute relating to multiple art works by a major 20th century artist
  • Art insurance dispute relating to damaged artwork
  • Export licence, provenance and marketability dispute relating to significant European artworks
  • Institutional art loan dispute
  • Auction house terms and conditions dispute
  • Online auction dispute relating to images and condition of US $2m artwork

Commercial Disputes

Recent examples of commercial mediations include:


  • Employment dispute between senior executive and a FTSE 250 company
  • Remuneration dispute between CEO and board of directors
  • Asset management dispute between fund managers and institutional clients
  • Family office dispute
  • Insurance coverage dispute
  • Professional negligence dispute between surveyors, valuers and institutional lender
  • Joint venture dispute relating to management and disclosure
  • Professional partnership dispute relating to governance and partner exit procedures
  • Inheritance and probate dispute relating to variation of will and related trusts
  • Real estate dispute relating to enfranchisement and lease extensions
  • Commercial contract dispute relating to multi-jurisdiction product supply agreements
  • Film finance dispute
  • Copyright dispute