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Richard Clark

Mediator & Advisor

Richard Clark Mediation

London, UK

Richard Clark
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Richard Clark’s Biography

Richard Clark is the former executive managing partner of Slaughter and May and now holds a number of non-executive directorships as well as his roles as a Mediator and Advisor.

Richard is a leading Dispute Resolution lawyer with over 30 years experience in high profile disputes who now sits as a Mediator in a wide range of commercial disputes. He has also developed a particular specialty in art law, media and entertainment disputes.

As a Consultant and Special Advisor at Sanctuary Counsel, Richard advises on strategy, governance and remuneration as well as market and brand positioning and reputational management.

Richard is Non-Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of MGC, one of London’s leading theatre and screen production companies.

Richard is also Non-Executive Chairman of the College of Legal Practice, a member of the Commercial Law Centre at the University of Oxford and an Honorary Fellow of Harris Manchester College, Oxford.

Richard is a Commissioner of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea and sits on the Investment Committee and the Appointments Committee of the Board.

Having spent 35 years at Slaughter and May, most recently as executive managing partner, Richard was responsible for the firm’s overall management and strategy, People and remuneration, diversity and inclusion, governance and compliance as well as finance and technology. Previously, he was Head of Dispute Resolution, practicing in professional services, financial institutions, pensions, insurance, international trade and art law. He also served on the firm’s Partnership Board for 14 years.

Richard is also a CEDR accredited mediator, an accredited mediator at the Court of Arbitration for Art and member of Professional Advisors to the International Art Market.

Richard Clark’s Background

Richard Clark Mediation
Mediator & Advisor
Jan 2010 - Present
London, UK
Richard is an independent CEDR Accredited Mediator and Advisor to parties involved in commercial disputes covering a broad spectrum including commercial contracts, banking, insurance, pensions, international trade, media, entertainment and art law.
Slaughter and May
Executive Managing Partner
Oct 1984 - May 2017
London, UK
Richard’s career at Slaughter and May spans 35 years, most recently serving as executive managing partner where he was responsible for the overall strategy and management of the firm. Richard was also Head of Dispute Resolution and a member of the Partnership Board for 14 years. Slaughter and May is regarded as one of the world's most prestigious law firms.

Other Business Interests

Michael Grandage Company (MGC)
Chairman & Co-Founder
Mar 2011 - Present
London, UK
MGC is a London based Producer of theatre and screen work nationally and internationally. It has produced many successful and critically acclaimed work both in the West End and on Broadway working with actors including Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, Ben Whishaw, Derek Jacobi and Aiden Turner. MGC also provides General Management and Creative Agency services.
Sanctuary Counsel
Senior Advisor
May 2019 - Present
London, UK
Sanctuary Counsel provides strategic communications and reputational advice to individuals, professional firms, corporations, family offices, international organisations and governments.

Current Board Positions

College of Legal Practice
Non-Executive Chairman
Apr 2019 - Present
London, UK
The College of Legal Practice, London, is part of the College of Law, Australia which is the largest provider of professional and vocational education for lawyers in Australia and New Zealand. The college's mission is to deliver innovative, practice-focused and flexible education and training to enhance the careers of professionals in the legal sector.

Previous Board Positions

Falmouth University
Former Governor
Falmouth, UK
Falmouth University specialises in the creative and applied arts, providing a hub of creative thinking and design innovation and has campuses in Falmouth and Penryn in Cornwall.
Tate St Ives
Former Member of the Advisory Council
St Ives, UK
Tate St Ives is part of the world famous Tate gallery and is based in St Ives, Cornwall. Winner of the 2018 Art Fund Museum of the Year, it overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and showcases works from the Tate collections, especially Post-War and Modern British (in which the St Ives art movement played such a pivotal and influential role).


Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR)
Accredited Mediator
London, UK
Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) is a mediation and alternative dispute resolution organisation that is based in London. It was established in 1990 to support the applications of Alternative Dispute Resolution in commercial disputes.
Court of Arbitration for Art (CAfA)
Accredited Mediator
Rotterdam, NL
Established in 2018, the Court of Arbitration for Art (CAfA) was founded by the Netherlands Arbitration Institute and Authentication in Art. The aim of CAfA is to reduce, resolve and prevent disputes in the art community through mediation and arbitration.


Professional Advisors to the International Art Market (PAIAM)
London, UK
PAIAM is a membership organisation of lawyers, art professionals, auctioneers, insurance brokers, accountants, museum curators, logistics experts others who work in or are connected to the international Art market.
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
London, UK
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators is the world’s leading qualifications and professional body for dispute avoidance dispute management.
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Academic Appointments

Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford
Honorary Fellow, Commercial Law Centre
Oxford, UK
Harris Manchester College is part of the University of Oxford, It is unique among Oxford colleges in accepting only students aged 21 and over to read for undergraduate post-graduate degrees.

Charitable Interests

Royal Hospital Chelsea
London, UK
Approximately 300 army veterans live at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea including those who have served in Korea, the Falkland Islands, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and World War II. The Royal Hospital, Chelsea owns the unique site in London on which it was founded in 1682 comprising heritage buildings designed by Sir Christopher Wren and set in 66 acres of stunning grounds.

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