Mark specialises in employment and discrimination matters. He is regularly instructed to appear in the Employment Tribunal, and has appeared in the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the County Court and the Court of Appeal.
Mark has extensive business experience from his time prior to coming to the Bar, having been a successful banker dealing in complex financing transactions, a statutory director of a number of companies and a chartered accountant with Deloitte.
2007-2010:Gazprombank Financial Services (UK) Ltd, Managing Director and member of the Board of Directors.
2000-2007:Dresdner Bank AG, Director working on structured financing and equity capital markets transactions for Dresdner’s Russian clients, typically banks and large corporate entities.
1993-2000:Deloitte LLP, Senior Manager within the audit group working in both London and New York on banking and capital markets clients including Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Bear Stearns.
Mark is regularly instructed to appear before the Employment Tribunal, both on his own and as a junior, as well as to prepare opinions, and draft pleadings and other documents. Mark specialises in all aspects of employment law, with a particular emphasis on discrimination and whistleblowing claims. He has also appeared before the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the County Court and the Court of Appeal.
Mark’s instructions have included:
Whistleblowing and Discrimination cases
Mark has particular experience of whistleblowing and discrimination claims. His recent instructions have included:
Mark has appeared three times before the Employment Appeal Tribunal, once at a Preliminary Hearing and twice at Full Hearings, including: Windle & Arada v Secretary of State for Justice  IRLR 914. The case concerned the meaning of employee for the purposes of discrimination legislation and drew significantly on the European jurisprudence on discrimination. Mark also appeared in the same case in the Court of Appeal: Secretary of State for Justice v Windle & Arada  EWCA Civ 459.
Mark also accepts instructions in commercial cases for both court and written work. In doing so he has been able to draw on his considerable commercial experience both for analysing commercial disputes and in dealing with clients.
Court Trials and Applications
Mark has been instructed to appear in the County Court in the following matters:
Mark’s written commercial work has including settling a wide range of pleadings, dealing with witness statements and other documents, and preparing opinions. This has included being instructed to:
Mark regularly writes and speaks on employment and commercial matters, and a selection of his talks and articles is set out below. He is always happy to consider requests to talk or write in these areas.
Employment talks and articles
Mark has recently spoken to several solicitors’ firms about the law of constructive unfair dismissal looking at the most recent appellate cases.
Mark has also written a number of articles on employment law including:
Mark has spoken to solicitors’ firms about claiming interest in the commercial courts looking at the impact of some of the most recent cases in this area. He has also given talks on share sale agreements and in particular the role of notice provisions, again with the emphasis on the most recent case law.
Mark spoke at the English Law conference in Moscow, organised by the Bar Council, about the law of reflective loss and pursuing claims against directors acting in breach of their duties.
2012: Bar Professional Training Course: Outstanding
2011: Law Conversion course: Distinction
2008: Masters Degree in Philosophy, University of London
1996: Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales: Chartered Accountant
1991: Bachelors Degree in Modern History and Economics, Oxford University
Awards and Prizes
2013: Baron Dr Ver Heyden de Lancey Prize – Awarded to the Middle Temple student placed top on the Bar course
2012: Everard Ver Heyden Foundation Prize – Awarded by City University for performance on the Bar course
2011: Astbury Scholarship – Major Scholarship awarded by Middle Temple
2011: Winner, Oxford University Press National Mooting competition
2010: Winner, Maitland Chambers Advocacy competition
Mark is the Treasurer, a member of the board of trustees and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He also has a keen interest in mountaineering and has climbed the highest peaks in both the Arctic and Antarctic.