Daniel specialises in art and cultural property law working with different sectors of the art market. He advises clients on a range of contentious and non-contentious issues from disputes involving the ownership, export and authenticity of artworks and antiques to the drafting of agency, consignment, commissioning and sale agreements. His clients include Artangel (where he is a board member), Tate, La Colección Jumex (Mexico City), Gagosian Gallery, Pilar Corrias Gallery and the Keith Arnatt Estate.
He also specialises in intellectual property law and regularly advises artists and photographers on intellectual property agreements and disputes.
Daniel is actively involved in the art world as an independent curator and writer and has commercial gallery experience. Enthusiastic and approachable, he offers bespoke advice tailored to the needs of art world clients, including: artists, collectors, dealers, galleries and museums.
Daniel is the commissioning editor of ‘Dear Images: Art, Copyright and Culture’ (2002) and ‘The Trials of Art’ (2007). He co-wrote ‘Commissioning Contemporary Art: A Handbook for Curators, Collectors and Artists’, with Louisa Buck and published by Thames & Hudson (Autumn 2012). He writes a regular column for Art Review on art legal issues and teaches Art Law at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art (London).
Daniel is a member of the Art Law Committee of the International Bar Association.
Daniel has been named as one of The Lawyer's 2014 highly coveted ‘Hot 100 Lawyers’ for his legal services to the art world.
Daniel loves to watch football and supports Arsenal.
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‘Robust and very single-minded in litigation matters’
Legal 500 UK
“has an excellent practice and has had some excellent cases," adding: "I regard him as a proper art lawyer."
Chambers UK 2016
"Daniel McClean is head of the art and cultural property department at Howard Kennedy. He enjoys a 'very strong reputation in this area' and is praised for his client-handling skills and ability to 'build a good rapport quickly'."
Chambers UK 2015
"Daniel McClean is really hungry to get the best results for the client, and has exceptional experience and understanding of the art world. The firm acts for an outstanding list of clients."
"Daniel McClean is listed as a 'Leading Individual'."
Legal 500 UK 2014