Compliance for art & luxury businesses


I am a Brighton based lawyer and independent compliance consultant who thrives on helping businesses succeed at ‘doing the right thing’.  I am passionate about developing compliance programmes to the perfect point where compliance not only protects business, but also enhances reputation and attracts commercial opportunity. 

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Rakhi was the perfect compliance partner for Lisson while we implemented our AML Policy. She brings practical expertise and provides clear advice whilst always being mindful of the commercial realities and the need to make things as simple as possible for our sales team and our clients. Adam FredmanFinance Director, Lisson Gallery

A motivated compliance leader who combines vision with precision and above all, a ‘can do’ attitudeSophie CarterGlobal Head of Legal & Risk, Christie’s

Rakhi is a trusted and insightful compliance leader who sees what needs doing and delivers workable, innovative solutions. She’s a pleasure to work with and a valuable asset to any team.Maud HaleDirector, American Express

Whatever the problem, Rakhi has an uncanny way of seeing and bringing about the ideal end result with clarity, focus and persuasiveness. Definitely the person you want on side.Steven FrancisPartner, Financial Regulation, Addleshaw Goddard

No-one in the art business has greater experience of developing and operating an anti-money laundering compliance programme than Rakhi Talwar. She manages to combine a deep practical understanding of the particular needs of the art business with a thorough knowledge of the law. She provides practical solutions and is a pleasure work with.Martin WilsonChief Legal Counsel, Phillips Auctioneers

Rakhi helped us implement our AML programme in the run up to 2020 and we have worked with her ever since. She is a highly experienced and accomplished art compliance professional, meticulous in her approach and sensitive to our needs. She unpicks complex issues and gives practical and straightforward advice. A real pleasure to work withEdwin LuFinance Director, Waddington Custot

Rakhi is a rare find in the complex field of compliance. She combines considerable technical knowledge and artworld experience with a deep interest in the long-term success of clients’ businesses. Her advice is always relevant, timely and practical.Paul HewittDirector General, Society of London Art Dealers

Highly recommended. Extremely knowledgeable and professional. Great ability to bring clarity to what is a complex field of understanding the AML regulations. We had great feedback from staff on the training received, advising that Rakhi gave them confidence in understanding exactly what is required, not only in her presentation, but also the documentation that she provided in ensuring that the Company met all its needs with regard to AML in a clear and concise form.Angela TrevattCompany Secretary and MLRO, Marlborough Gallery

Working with Rakhi is a real professional pleasure. Consistently thoughtful, precise, conscientious, and highly responsive, Rakhi always finds practical and swift solutions to make AML due diligence an efficient and reassuring process.Aebhric Coleman, Executive DirectorMarian Goodman Projects, London

Rakhi’s AML training films are really excellent – clear, concise and digestible. Phil Ling, COOSadie Coles HQ

The Economic Crime Levy – what art dealers need to know

The Economic Crime Levy (“ECL”) is now in play and introduces significant costs for medium to large art market participants. The ECL was introduced via the Finance Act 2022 which received Royal Assent in February 2022. The Economic Crime (Anti-Money Laundering) Levy Regulations 2022 is the instrument that sets out the key provisions. Why has…

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