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Richard Clark

Mediator & Advisor

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London, UK

Richard Clark


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.

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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.

Richard Clark’s Background

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.
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

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.
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.
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Previous Non-Executive Positions

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.
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).