The ALR is expanding its Recoveries Team – apply now!


Job title: Recoveries Assistant

Location: London, UK

Terms: Full time, permanent role

Salary: Starting from £27,000, subject to experience.


About us:

The Art Loss Register is the world’s largest private database of lost and stolen art. Its range of services include the registration of losses, recovery services for the victims of theft and looting, and due diligence searching for museums, collectors, and the art trade. For more details, see our website at


About the role:

As a recoveries assistant you will be part of the team that reviews art and cultural property as part of the due diligence process that we carry out for our clients. This can relate to all types of claims such as theft, looting of cultural property, colonialisation, or the result of Nazi persecution, as well as civil disputes.


The successful candidate will need to be able to work in a fast-paced, commercial environment. They will be required to analyse and assess risks relating to art and provenance, make decisions under time pressure and have the initiative to consider and review alternative sources of evidence or approaches to resolving claims.


Applications are actively sought from those outside the art world, as well as those with experience within it. The ability to synthesise relevant information to assist in the decision-making process and to communicate this internally and externally are essential. Applicants need not be able to tell a Monet from a Manet at this stage as ongoing training will be given, and you will work within the wider team under supervision where required.



  • Liaising with a wide range of clients and third parties to secure and review information, including insurers, law enforcement agencies, law firms, auction houses, dealers, museums, collectors, and others.
  • Regular use of internal and external databases and archives.
  • Investigating and pursuing claims.
  • Assisting the wider team with administrative tasks including but not limited to dealing with general enquiries from existing and potential clients about registrations of losses, claims and research.
  • Travel to international art fairs may be required.

Essential Candidate requirements:

  • The ability to work independently and a curiosity to investigate past events where records may be imperfect.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills including the need to proactively call existing and potential clients.
  • Eagerness to build and strengthen relationships with clients.
  • An interest in the art market.
  • Further education qualifications e.g., a degree, NVQ etc.
  • The ability to travel to the company’s London office on a weekly basis with flexibility to work from home as well.
  • The applicant’s right to work in the UK or their gaining permission to work in the UK.

Desirable Candidate requirements:

  • Understanding of the restitution of art, cultural property (including issues arising out of looted antiquities and decolonialisation) and Nazi looted art.
  • Knowledge of foreign languages such as German, French, or Spanish.


Application Process:

  • Please submit your CV and a covering letter by email to [email protected] by COB on Friday 10th February.
  • Please note that applications will be being considered before this date and it is possible that the role may be offered prior to that date in the event a suitable candidate applies.
  • References will be followed up so please be prepared to submit these if you are successful with the application.