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Richard Clark is quite simply an art law guru. Formerly the head of dispute resolution at Slaughter and May, he developed the specialism twenty years ago and has been in practice ever since, continuing with art litigation and sitting as a mediator, despite his move to the role of managing partner of the firm in 2013. ‘It’s an area of practice I really enjoy; it developed out of my own interest in art,’ says Clark, who comes from a family of artists and collects modern British paintings. [Read an archive of the original article]