Daniel McClean

Daniel McClean:


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.


Recent work

  • the US Government on a claim to recover a stolen Cambodian antiquity
  • a client on a high value consignment and finance agreement with a leading auction house
  • a high profile photographer on a high value copyright infringement claim against a leading music distribution company

Random fact

Daniel loves to watch football and supports Arsenal.