Professional practice

Mark has a broad commercial practice. During pupillage, he experienced a wide range of commercial litigation and arbitration spanning Chambers’ areas of expertise, including civil fraud, conflict of laws, commercial Chancery, shipping, insurance and reinsurance work.

Prior to joining Essex Court Chambers, Mark worked as a solicitor specialising in commercial disputes, anti-bribery, corruption and government enforcement.

 

Arbitration & related court applications

Mark has experience of commercial arbitrations, enforcement and applications under the Arbitration Act. Examples include:

  • Assisted with an LCIA arbitration concerning an insurance claim;
  • Assisted with a Court of Appeal hearing in relation to an investor-state arbitration and security for costs;
  • Assisted with the appeal of a Norwich Pharmacal order in the Cayman Islands in relation to asset tracing and enforcement of an award;
  • Assisted with resisting an application for stay of enforcement of an award as well as applying for security for the award and for costs in the context of a section 68 challenge.
Banking & financial services

Mark has experience of a range of banking and financial services cases, many of which intersect with civil fraud. Examples include:

  • Assisted in relation to a bondholder dispute involving additional claims under a guarantee;
  • Assisted in drafting advice to an American banking institution regarding POCA and Bribery Act issues.
Civil fraud & asset tracing

Mark has a broad range of civil fraud experience. This is augmented by his experience as a solicitor. Examples include:

  • Assisted in relation to a civil fraud case in the energy and natural resources sector;
  • Assisted in drafting advice on jurisdiction, choice of law and illegality / public policy in relation to an international civil fraud;
  • Assisted in resisting a freezing order in a civil fraud case connected with the shipping industry;
  • Assisted with the appeal of a Norwich Pharmacal order in the Cayman Islands arising out of a civil fraud;
  • Assisted in drafting advice relating to limitation and service out of the jurisdiction in the context of an alleged fraud involving private parties and a State;
  • Assisted in drafting advice in relation to an application for a stay of an interim costs order in the context of a civil fraud case.
Commercial chancery disputes

Mark has worked on a number of commercial Chancery disputes, including in relation to a number of unfair prejudice petitions and valuation disputes.

Commercial dispute resolution

Mark has a range of experience involving commercial dispute resolution, including civil fraud, tort, contract and unjust enrichment claims. Many of the cases he has assisted with have raised complex jurisdictional and choice of law issues. He also has experience of assisting with applications for interim and emergency injunctive relief.

Company & insolvency law

Mark has experience of a range of cases involving company and insolvency law, many of which intersect with civil fraud. This has included assisting in relation to an unfair prejudice petition involving allegations of fraud and breaches of directors’ duties.

Conflict of laws & private international law

Mark has assisted with a number of cases raising complex issues of private international law. Examples include:

  • Assisted in drafting advice on jurisdiction, choice of law and illegality / public policy in relation to an international civil fraud;
  • Assisted in drafting advice relating to limitation and service out of the jurisdiction in the context of an alleged fraud involving private parties and a State;
  • Assisted in drafting advice in relation to the enforcement of EU Member State protective measures in England and Wales.
Employment

Mark has worked on a number of cases raising employment issues. Examples include:

  • Assisted in obtaining emergency injunctive relief in relation to an alleged breach of contract and breach of confidence by an employee in the financial services industry;
  • Assisted in drafting advice in relation to a director remuneration package.
Energy & natural resources

Mark has experience of a number of cases in the energy and natural resources sector, many of which intersect with civil fraud. Examples include:

  • Assisted in relation to a civil fraud case in the energy and natural resources sector;
  • Assisted in drafting advice relating to limitation and service out of the jurisdiction in the context of an alleged fraud relating to mining concessions.
European law & competition

Mark has worked on a number of commercial cases raising issues of European law, including against private parties and emanations of the state.

Insurance & reinsurance

Mark has experience of a range of insurance and reinsurance matters. Examples include:

  • Assisted in relation to a case of alleged arbitrator bias in a Bermuda Form insurance dispute;
  • Assisted in relation to a Bermuda Form dispute involving the automotive industry;
  • Assisted with an LCIA arbitration concerning an insurance claim;
  • Assisted in drafting advice in relation to allocation of recoveries amongst several reinsurers;
  • Assisted in drafting advice to insurers in relation to a natural disaster.
International trade, transport & commodities

Mark has assisted with a number of cases involving international sale of goods.

Media, art, entertainment

Mark has worked on a range of matters involving the creative industries. Examples include:

  • Assisted with a contractual dispute in relation to the sale of a painting. This case also involved claims for breach of a guarantee;
  • Assisted with a contractual dispute in relation to film production.
Offshore litigation

Most of the cases in which Mark has been involved are international in nature. Many have also either included proceedings in foreign jurisdictions (for example in the BVI and Cayman Islands) and / or have raised points of foreign law and procedure.

Public international law

Mark has worked on a number of cases raising issues of public international law, including issues of state immunity.

Regulatory law & investigations

Mark has a range of experience in regulatory law and investigations, augmented by his experience as a solicitor. Examples include:

  • Assisted with investigations regarding suspected breaches of competition law in the beauty products and building materials sectors;
  • Assisted with providing advice in relation to the Proceeds of Crime Act, the Bribery Act and the FCA’s enforcement powers.
Revenue law (including VAT, IPT, duties & excise)

Mark has a range of experience of VAT law. Examples include:

  • Assisted with providing advice in relation to the VAT treatment of supplies of services, including identification of the service provider;
  • Assisted with a VAT dispute raising elements of breach of statutory duty, breach of EU law, breach of contract and unjust enrichment.
Shipping & admiralty

Mark has experience of a range of shipping matters. Examples include:

  • Assisted in resisting a freezing order in a civil fraud case involving the shipping industry;
  • Assisted in preparing a case for trial involving alleged scuttling of a vessel;
  • Assisted with providing advice in relation to general average;
  • Assisted in providing advice in relation to marine insurance involving (amongst other things) environmental damage claims.
Unjust enrichment & restitution claims

Mark has been involved in a number of cases raising issues of unjust enrichment, including in relation to VAT.

Career

2019 – Tenant at Essex Court Chambers

2018-2019 – Pupil at Essex Court Chambers

2015-2018 – Trainee and subsequently solicitor at law firm in London

Education

2014-2015 – Bachelor of Civil Law, University of Oxford (Distinction)

2013-2014 – LPC, BPP Law School (Distinction)

2010-2013 – Law LLB, King’s College London (First Class; graduated second in year)

Awards

2014-2015 – University of Oxford Graduate Scholarship

2013 – Graduated second in year in Law

2012 – King’s College London ‘myScholarship’

2012 – Highest aggregate mark in second year Law

2012 – Law of Property Prize

2012 – Law of Personal Taxation Prize

2011 – Public Law Prize