Professional practice

Legal 500 Leading Silk 2023

Mark Templeman appears regularly as an advocate in international arbitration, the Commercial Court and the Court of Appeal, and has also appeared in the Privy Council. His areas of practice include insurance and reinsurance (marine and non-marine), shipping, arbitration, banking, commercial fraud, commodities, sale of goods and letter of credit disputes. He is a CEDR accredited mediator. Although practising primarily in London, he has also appeared in court or in international arbitrations in New York, Singapore, Bermuda, Rotterdam and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

He is an editor of the 17th (2008) and 18th (2013) editions of Arnould: Law of Marine Insurance and Average.


What Others Say

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2024: Insurance & Reinsurance

  • Immensely knowledgeable and very responsive.’

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2023: Insurance & Reinsurance

  • “Mark is one of the few out and out specialists in the field of insurance and reinsurance. His oral and written advocacy is marked by huge knowledge and experience of the subject and a measured style of delivery.”

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2021: Insurance & Reinsurance

  • “Great knowledge and experience in heavyweight matters.”

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2019: Insurance & Reinsurance

  • Great attention to detail, sound and reliable, with a profound knowledge of the law.

Who’s Who Legal: UK Bar Insurance & Reinsurance 2018

  • “A brilliant insurance lawyer, renowned for his superb work on both marine and non-marine insurance matters.” 

Who’s Who Legal: UK Bar 2015

  • Mark Templeman KC is a “highly experienced and assured silk”, who has a respected practice in both marine and non-marine insurance.”
Arbitration & related court applications

Numerous arbitrations of all types as counsel, including insurance and reinsurance, shipping, sale of goods, and commodities; both ad hoc, and pursuant to the rules of various bodies including LCIA, ICC, ARIAS, LME and AAA. Regularly appointed as arbitrator in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations (insurance and reinsurance, including Bermuda Form, shipping, shipbuilding and other disputes).

Banking & financial services

Experience of numerous LoC/finance disputes, particularly between issuing, confirming, negotiating and accepting banks, involving various editions of the UCP.

Energy & utilities

Experience of rig building and conversion disputes, and associated finance and security transactions.

Insurance & reinsurance

Experience of disputes involving most classes of marine and non-marine insurance and reinsurance including aviation, CAR/EAR, cargo, hull (including TLO), liability (including P&I), political risk, professional indemnity, property/casualty, personal accident/WCC, KR, satellite, rig and XL (including LMX and PA spiral). Acted in a number of disputes on the Bermuda Form. Experience of finite risk/ART arrangements.

International trade, transport & commodities

Experience of sale/supply disputes involving numerous commodities including oil and gas, metals (physical and warranties), grains and sugar.

Offshore litigation

Experience of rig building and conversion disputes, and associated finance and security transactions.

Shipping & admiralty

Experience of charterparty and bill of lading disputes, ship sale and purchase, shipbuilding and repair, ship finance, limitation of liability, and average.


2004    Accredited Mediator, CEDR

2003    Silk

1981    Call: Middle Temple


1983    MA, Keble College, Oxford

1980    BCL, Keble College, Oxford

1979    BA, Keble College, Oxford


1979     Harmsworth Entrance Exhibition, Middle Temple

1976   College Open Exhibition, Keble College, Oxford