Mark Cawson QC

Call 1982
Silk 2001

“A very experienced and technically strong silk who has a real air of calm, in even the most high-pressured of situations.”

Chambers and Partners 2020
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Mark is recognised as a leading QC (Band 1) in Chambers and Partners UK 2020 in the fields of Banking and Finance, Restructuring/Insolvency, Professional Negligence, Chancery, and Commercial Dispute Resolution.

His practice extends to:

  • Corporate and personal insolvency work
  • Company and partnership litigation and disputes
  • General commercial litigation
  • Commercial fraud, and asset tracing
  • Commercial property disputes
  • Solicitors’ and other professional negligence work including indemnity coverage issues

The emphasis of Mark’s practice is on complex and high value litigation in the above areas. Mark’s practice encompasses advisory work, interlocutory work (often urgent), and trials (often lengthy). His work takes him on a regular basis to the Court of Appeal and the High Court, and in particular the Business and Property Courts in London, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and elsewhere.

Mark sits as a Deputy High Court Judge and a Recorder, and he is an accredited mediator. He is the current Chairman of the Northern Chancery Bar Association.

Commercial cases

Municipio De Marinara and others v BHP Group Plc and others (2019) – Acting for businesses, local authorities, individuals and others in claims against the mining company, BHP Group Plc and others, seeking damages for loss and damage suffered a result of the collapse of the Fundao Dam in Marinara Province, Brazil in 2015.

Quinn v Spreadex Limited (2017) – Claim by investor against spread betting company seeking to recover monies waged and lost on the grounds that the Defendant had failed to disclose the payment of secret commission and was in breach of COBS regulations. Settled Spring 2017.

Porter Capital v Masters (2017) – Acting for US factoring company in appeal to the Court of Appeal in respect of claim against a guarantor that raises issues as to the construction of the relevant factoring agreement and guarantee, both governed by Connecticut Law. Acted subsequently on trial of preliminary issues as to Connecticut Law securing successful judgment in September 2017.

ING v OW Bunker Middle East DMCC (2017) – Acting for liquidators of Dubai subsidiary within the OW Bunker insolvency in respect of claim that raised issue as to whether certain assets (valued at in excess of £50m) are caught by the terms of a bank’s (ING’s) security for monies advanced under a Multicurrency Revolving Borrowing Base Facilities Agreement. Settled early 2017.

Promontoria Chestnut Limited v Iliad Group Limited (2017) – Defending claim on guarantee where debt had been assigned to vulture fund. Raised questions as to the true construction of the guarantee, and and issues as to the application of the “Purview Doctrine”. Summary judgment granted September 2017

Montpellier v Leeds City Council (2013) – Multi-million claim in deceit brought by developer against Leeds City Council relating to the development of the Leeds Arena. Claim successfully defended on behalf of Leeds City Council.