Roland Foord


Roland is a full time commercial disputes expert with deep experience particularly in the fine art and professional services sectors where he has practised throughout his career. Roland leads our teams in these sectors and is highly ranked in them by the directories.

His work covers a broad range of commercial disputes taking place in the High Court and in arbitration. Most of Roland's work has an international dimension and he is also experienced in managing multi-jurisdictional disputes. Much of his work involves management of risk and the avoidance of claims, nipping problems in the bud and working with clients to resolve issues early and cost-effectively and keep them out of court.

In the fine art sector, Roland advises a broad range of clients from auction houses and dealers to museums and private collectors. His work in this area goes well beyond disputes, for example about title and attribution. He regularly advises on matters ranging from the sale and purchase of fine art to the standard terms of business of major market players to export, looted art and related issues. Roland is a member of the Art, Cultural and Institutions Committee of the IBA and recognised by Chambers for his "very detailed knowledge of the art industry".

In professional services, Roland has a long and extensive experience of acting for and against professional firms, particularly those in accountancy and law sectors and has been closely involved in several leading cases. He has been described as "a superb litigator" by Chambers UK 2015 in this area.

As one of the City’s most experienced litigators he has a strategic approach to litigation which focuses on outcomes. He has exceptional communication skills, is highly responsive and, despite being in high demand, makes you feel like you are his single most important client.

The Legal 500 UK 2022