Mark is developing a broad practice, with a particular focus on commercial dispute resolution, offshore work, professional liability claims, construction law and insurance law.

As well as being called to the Bar of England and Wales, Mark is admitted to practice as a Barrister of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands), where he also holds a full practising certificate.

Mark’s previous experience includes working as the Judicial Assistant to Lord Justice Maurice Kay, then the Vice-President of the Court of Appeal (Civil Division).  During this time, Mark was involved in a number of high profile cases and gained an invaluable insight into the appellate process.

Mark holds a M.A. in Law and a first class LL.M. from Jesus College, University of Cambridge, where he was awarded a Foundation Scholarship.  He was called to the Bar by Inner Temple in 2013, having been awarded a Major Scholarship and Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award for his BPTC year.

Areas of Expertise

Commercial Dispute Resolution
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Commercial litigation is at the core of Mark’s practice.  Examples of his current and recent work include:

  • Acting as junior counsel in a Commercial Court claim for conspiracy;
  • Acting as junior counsel to Alain Choo-Choy QC in the trial of an unfair prejudice claim in the BVI Commercial Court- Hitomi Matsuura v A & S Company Limited and CM Investment Company Limited BVIHC (COM) 130 of 2015;
  • Acting as junior counsel to Justin Fenwick QC and Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC in Cape Distribution Limited v Cape Intermediate Holdings Limited, in proceedings relating to the circumstances in which a subrogated claim can be brought by an insurer of a subsidiary against a parent company;
  • Assisting Can Yeginsu to advise in a dispute arising out of the alleged receipt by an agent of secret commissions;
  • Acting as sole counsel for a multinational company in a claim relating to the sale of goods;
  • Acting as sole counsel in an appeal relating to the applicability of the doctrines of cause of action estoppel and merger to the decisions of the Financial Ombudsman Service.
Offshore work
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Mark has experience of a range of offshore work. He was admitted to practice as a Barrister of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands) in January 2017, where he also holds a full practising certificate.

Mark recently spent three months on secondment with leading offshore law firm Conyers Dill & Pearman, during which time he appeared as sole and junior counsel in the BVI Commercial Court.

Mark’s current and recent offshore work includes:

  • Acting as junior counsel to Graham Chapman QC in an offshore claim relating to the management of a collective investment scheme.
  • Acting as junior counsel to Alain Choo-Choy QC in the trial of an unfair prejudice claim in the BVI Commercial Court- Hitomi Matsuura v A & S Company Limited and CM Investment Company Limited BVIHC (COM) 130 of 2015;
  • Acting as junior counsel in a claim for injunctive relief in the BVI Commercial Court;
  • Acting as junior counsel in a number of contentious insolvency matters in the BVI, including winding up applications.
Professional Liability
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Mark has experience of a range of professional liability disputes.  Examples of his recent instructions include:

  • Acting as junior counsel in a claim against a valuation company;
  • Acting as junior counsel to Graham Chapman QC defending a claim against a fund manager;
  • Acting for a law firm in a professional liability claim arising out of the settlement of a property-related dispute;
  • Sole counsel defending a law firm in a professional liability claim relating to a transfer of equity and re-mortgage transaction;
  • Advising a law firm in relation to a claim arising out of the White v Jones principle;
  • Advising a law firm in a claim relating to the sale of a residential property.
Construction & Engineering
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Mark is developing a practice in construction law.  His recent work includes:

  • Acting as part of a counsel team led by Roger Stewart QC and Anneliese Day QC in a complex international arbitration worth in excess of £100 million relating to the construction of a nuclear installation;
  • Assisting Anneliese Day QC and Tom Ogden in a claim relating to the installation of a heating and cooling system in a new building;
  • Acting as sole counsel for a construction company in a claim brought by a former employer relating to alleged defects arising from the contractor’s works;
  • Sole counsel defending a claim against a multi-national manufacturer of construction and mining equipment brought by a marketing company.
Insurance & Reinsurance
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Mark is developing a practice in insurance law.  His recent work includes acting as junior counsel to Justin Fenwick QC and Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC in Cape Distribution Limited v Cape Intermediate Holdings Limited, in proceedings relating to the circumstances in which a subrogated claim can be brought by an insurer of a subsidiary against a parent company.

In addition, Mark is part of the COMBAR Working Group looking at the impact of Brexit on commercial insurance (with Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC and Ben Lynch).

During pupillage, Mark assisted members of Chambers with various insurance-related disputes.  He has experience of coverage issues and aggregation disputes.

Qualifications & Memberships

Education: 

M.A. (Cantab) LL.M. (Cantab)

Bar Admissions: 

England and Wales: 2013

British Virgin Islands: 2017

Memberships:

COMBAR, TECBAR, PNBA, SCL, BILA, LCLCBA

Publications

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