Background

Specialising in International, Appellate and Complex litigation as well as defamation, privacy, media, art and cultural property, and international arbitration, Mark Stephens has undertaken some of the highest profile cases in the country and abroad. Mark has worked for many private offices and assisted in the acquisition of cultural heritage objects.

Mark has worked for many private offices and assisted in the acquisition of cultural heritage objects. In December 2009, Mark first appeared in “Who’s Who” where he is described as “lawyer, broadcaster; writer; lecturer”.

Mark has created a niche in international cultural property, spoliation and auction law. His expertise also covers specialisms in Creative Arts & Cultural Industries, chairing the International Bar Association art & cultural property committee.

Mark has practised before every level of Court in England and Wales and has also practised abroad and before international tribunals and courts. He is also a Privy Council agent regularly working with a range of overseas lawyers. Mark is also a qualified mediator.

Mark chairs a number of bodies including the Design Artists Copyright Society and was on the board (finally as Chair) of the Contemporary Art Society for 28 years.

Mark has collaborated with Turner Prize nominee, Phil Collins in his work “Return of the Real”, with Gavin Turk’s book “This is not a book about Gavin Turk”; he is also recommended in the Tate publication “Moving Targets: a user’s guide to the Art Business”.

Mark represents and advises, ultra high net worth individuals and their private offices, national cultural institutions, commercial galleries, auction houses, artists and those whose business or love is the art world.

Mark also regularly appears in print and on radio and television. He also teaches on the subject of art & the law.


From the Big Apple to the small island nation of Samoa, Mark Stephens has litigated everywhere.
The good-natured solicitor speaks to Spear’s from New York about why proceedings, especially those which are increasingly sophisticated, are sometimes best taken to faraway jurisdictions
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