Mark is developing a broad commercial practice, with a particular focus on commercial litigation, professional liability claims, offshore work and civil fraud.

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).

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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Mark has experience of a range of domestic and international commercial disputes.  Examples of his current and recent work include:

  • Acting as junior counsel to Jamie Smith QC and Miles Harris for defendants to a Commercial Court claim for conspiracy for c. £130m;
  • Acting as junior counsel in a claim for injunctive relief in the BVI Commercial Court;
  • 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.
Offshore work
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Mark has experience of a range of offshore work, in particular in the British Virgin Islands and the Isle of Man. He was admitted to practice as a Barrister of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands) in January 2017.

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 in a claim for injunctive relief in the BVI Commercial Court;
  • 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.

In 2017, Mark 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.

Professional Liability
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In line with Chambers’ expertise in this area, Mark has experience of a range of professional liability disputes. Examples of his recent instructions include:

  • Acting as junior counsel to Jamie Smith QC and Miles Harris in Commercial Court proceedings against solicitor defendants;
  • Acting as junior counsel to Graham Chapman QC in a claim against a fund manager;
  • Acting as junior counsel to Anneliese Day QC and Richard Liddell in a claim against a structural engineering company;
  • Acting as junior counsel to Jamie Smith QC and Tim Chelmick in a claim against a valuation company.
Construction & Engineering
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Mark is developing a practice in construction law.  His recent work includes:

  • Acting as junior counsel to Anneliese Day QC and Richard Liddell in a claim against a structural engineering company;
  • 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.
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, YIAG.

Publications

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