Mark’s practice encompasses a wide range of commercial litigation and arbitration.
He acts in arbitrations both in London and abroad, and appears regularly in the English Courts, including the specialist Commercial Court, Admiralty Court and the Court of Appeal. During the last few years, he has been instructed to act as sole counsel for clients on appeals to the Court of Appeal on 4 occasions. In many of his cases, Mark is regularly pitted against leading QCs.
His commercial practice has a particular focus on all matters relating to shipping and international trade. His expertise extends to all corners of the shipping industry, from charterparties and bills of lading to salvage, from cargo claims to collisions, from ship finance to performance guarantees, and from marine insurance to general average. He has a particular specialism in shipbuilding disputes and cases arising out of contracts for the sale and purchase of second hand tonnage, and the related finance, security and guarantee contractual arrangements.
Over the years, he has been involved with some of the most important shipping cases, such as the “ATLANTIK CONFIDENCE” (Court of Appeal), the “SEA ANGEL” (Court of Appeal), and the “STARSIN” (House of Lords), and the “MSC NAPOLI”.
Mark has extensive experience of arbitration, having been involved with hundreds of arbitrations during his career. He appears regularly as counsel in arbitrations both in London (under various institutional rules, inc. ICC, LCIA and LMAA) and abroad (e.g. Dubai, Singapore and the U.S.). He is very familiar with the workings of the Arbitration Act 1996, and has conducted and opposed applications under many of its provisions, including s.9 (stay), s.18 (appointment), s.24 (removal), s.44 (urgent relief ), ss.30 & 67 (jurisdiction), and ss.68 and 69 (challenges and appeals). Mark also has experience of various interlocutory applications, including applications for urgent injunctive relief (such as freezing orders) both in the context of domestic litigation and also in support of foreign proceedings and arbitrations.
Mark sits in a part-time judicial capacity as a Recorder (a Deputy Circuit Judge), and is authorised to hear a wide range of cases, both criminal and civil.
Mark accepts appointments as an arbitrator, whether by a party, as a chairman, or as a sole arbitrator. In appropriate cases, he may be appointed as a sole arbitrator to determine lower value or simpler disputes on the basis of papers and written submissions alone. He is always willing to adopt suitable procedures designed to achieve the fair resolution of a dispute in a proportionate, cost-effective and swift manner. Please contact the clerks for further information about appointing Mark as an arbitrator.
Mark also provides expert evidence on English maritime and commercial law for use in foreign proceedings.
Before commencing his career at the Bar, Mark trained as a litigation solicitor at Ince & Co focusing on shipping, trade and insurance.