About Rakhi Talwar

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. 

I began my career over twenty years ago as a dispute resolution lawyer with a penchant for court advocacy. My journey into the world of compliance began when I joined the Regulatory Group of the international law firm, DLA Piper in London, where I advised banks and large companies on a broad spectrum of regulatory compliance matters, from setting up compliance programmes to
managing regulatory interventions.

In 2007, I moved in-house to American Express as compliance lead for their International Currency Card. This business, which issued the exclusive Centurion ‘black’ card to an exacting international member base, constantly pushed boundaries to deliver unparalleled customer service. My interest for working within complex, nuanced and fast paced environments led me to join the international auction house, Christie’s in 2011 to enhance and lead their compliance function. Having developed Christie’s exemplary global compliance programme during my seven year tenure there, I am now excited to be working as an independent compliance consultant with businesses in the art and luxury sectors as they prepare to meet the challenges of regulation.

I am committed to providing straight answers and practical solutions. If you would like to explore
how I can help you to meet your specific compliance obligations, I am always happy to have a chat.

Things I do

I currently provide consulting services for art market trade associations, dealers, auction houses and other service companies within the art sector.

I am a member of the International Compliance Association and sit on the Advisory Board of the Responsible Art Market Group, a cross industry body which seeks to raise cross border awareness of risks faced by the art market and provide practical guidance guidance for managing those risks.  

Having been a member of the British Art Market Federation (BAMF) sub-group that worked on the Anti-Money Laundering Guidelines for the British Art Market, I went on to develop a practical AML Toolkit for members of the Society of London Art Dealers (SLAD), the British Antique Dealers Association (BADA) and the Association of Art and Antiques Dealers (LAPADA).  I currently provide an AML helpline for members of SLAD. 

I have a keen interest in technology-based solutions and AI techniques for achieving customer due diligence, monitoring and fraud deterrence. I have assisted clients in deploying such solutions and maintain excellent links with companies at the forefront of this field.


The services provided by RTalwar Compliance are covered by professional indemnity insurance.

Although I hold a current solicitor’s practising certificate, RTalwar Compliance is not a regulated law practice and services are provided by me are in my capacity as an experienced compliance professional and not as legal counsel.