Mark qualified at a large East Anglian firm in Ipswich and moved to another local firm on qualification, where he enjoyed 10 years covering commercial and property litigation in particular. His last 5 years were predominantly spent conducting commercial property and agricultural litigation, as chief negotiator in both the Property and Agricultural and Estates teams.
At Barker Gotelee Mark will be concentrating on the following:
- Property disputes
- Commercial Disputes
- Agricultural disputes
- Professional negligence
Mark prefers to refer to his role as dispute resolution these days because he sees considerable benefit in resolving disputes in a more cost effective and sensitive fashion outside of the usual Court procedure, which is usually inflexible, costly and time consuming. Court procedure is also binary in outcome, while dispute resolution mechanisms such as mediation offer the opportunity to tailor settlement packages that are a better reflection of the commercial or personal circumstances involved.
That being said, the same important principles of top quality service delivery apply, namely that it is vital to carefully assess the client’s objectives, before advising fully on the options, risks and costs of the same and tailor service delivery to the particular needs and circumstances of each client. Furthermore, Mark prides himself on swift responses and being available for telephone calls at all times of the working day as he appreciates the importance of assistance at short notice during what are often stressful times. He also takes care to deal with matters sensitively as may be required in inter-family disputes, for example. After all, a robust approach isn’t always the most effective way of achieving the desired outcome.
Mark has considerable experience in all manner of commercial and property related disputes (including professional negligence), both in the County Court and High Court, but also in the Property Chamber and the various Ombudsman services available. He similarly has substantial experience in alternative dispute resolution, particularly Mediation and Arbitration. He also completed a Business and Commerce degree and worked in Birmingham for a number of commercial operations prior to converting to law, so he is well placed to seek creative solutions that achieve commercial advantages for the client.
His areas of work include: professional negligence, possession, rent arrears, Landlord and Tenant renewal under the 1954 Act, dilapidations, right of way disputes, breach of restrictive covenants and/or modification or discharge of the same, nuisance, Party Wall act, proprietary estoppal, resulting/constructive trusts, agricultural disputes (particularly those in connection with the 1986 Act, amongst others), breach of contract, misrepresentation and franchise disputes. He has also developed a particular specialism in flood related disputes and was invited to write a paper for the Agricultural Law Association (ALA) accordingly.
Mark is a member of the Property Litigation Association, ALA, Country Land Owners Association, Suffolk Agricultural Association and Essex Agricultural Society. He was also named as a next generation lawyer in the 2017 Legal 500 rankings.
He enjoys sport, travel and music in his spare time – with cycling and scrambling seeking to replace the steadfast hockey interest, when hills can be found!