What we say about Mark
Mark has been a solicitor since 1992, a partner in City law firms since 1998 and a licensed insolvency practitioner for over 20 years. Much of his work is in restructuring, where he works on transactional, planning and contentious cases. He often advises banks, borrowers and accountant insolvency practitioners on cross border and domestic turnaround and recoveries work with a particular emphasis on bringing prompt commercial solutions in debt matters, asset sales and group re-organisations.
Mark also advises purchasers or prospective purchasers of assets from insolvent estates, particularly telecommunications companies.
He holds higher rights of audience in the Civil courts and was the first solicitor advocate to appear successfully against Queens Counsel at trial in the High Court (Foster Wheeler Wood Group -v- Chevron, 1996). Recent court appearances have been mainly on urgent injunctive applications. Mark has worked on various large scale litigation matters on corporate, banking and commercial disputes; also on several major Serious Fraud Office matters.
It is notable that Mark has published numerous articles, appeared on CNN, addressed UN conferences in Vienna; and joined the UN Commission on International Trade Law to provide lectures internationally on the UN’s Insolvency Model Law (adopted as Chapter 15 of the US Bankruptcy Code).
- Group action against tax advisors well known in the field of SDLT avoidance schemes.
- Advice on hydraulic fracturing gas extraction contractual and licensing issues.
- Matters on behalf of the Mexican Coffee Company.
- White collar crime defence in R v Tillson (2014).
Restructuring and insolvency
- Cork Group: The group structure included around 30 different subsidiaries. The group’s affairs were complicated by a sale to a major Australian retail chain of the Far East and Australian subsidiaries shortly before the commencement of insolvency.
- Eurotunnel: restructuring and reorganisation advice to the Board as adopted by bondholders.
- Iaxis: Advised on the acquisition of the European telecoms group, in the largest corporate financial rescue of 2000.
- Renewable Resources Ltd, asset sale and an ongoing inter pleader claim brought by Coutts Bank, seeking a court appointed receiver for cash in bank accounts.
County and High Court cases
- National Westminster Bank PLC (prior to merger with RBS): applications for possession; defending the bank against claims under the Bankers Book Act and other discovery type requests; defending the bank from alleged mis-lending claims; representing the bank before the High Court on Mareva-type applications.
- Bank of Ireland: advice and representation in connection with alleged negligence in lending terms and improper appointment of receivers.
- Yorkshire Food Group plc: acted for Rabobank investigating the circumstances surrounding the acquisition from Nat West of the loan to YFG.
- Maxjet Inc: advice on procedure for employee redundancies, lease surrenders, operation of charter flights and European recognition of Chapter 11.