Mark is a senior associate within the Dispute Resolution department in the Isle of Man, and joined the firm as a trainee in September 2010.
Since qualifying as a Manx Advocate in November 2012, Mark has appeared regularly at all levels of the Isle of Man High Court of Justice and practices a broad range of commercial litigation. Mark has experience in a wide variety of general commercial litigation matters, including contractual disputes, corporate and personal insolvency, injunctive relief, enforcement of foreign judgments, cross-border mutual assistance actions, and advising on contentious issues relating to data protection.
Mark has particular expertise in banking litigation and the practicalities of enforcing judgments in the Isle of Man, and acts for many of the banks on the Isle of Man in respect of their mortgage enforcement and the pursuit of personal guarantees. Mark also has experience of obtaining numerous possession orders in both the public and private tenancy context and acted in the leading Staff of Government Division decision.
Mark also has experience in dealing with both non-contentious and contentious employment matters, including unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal, redundancy and reviewing and drafting contracts of employment.
He was recommended by Legal 500 UK 2016 for his employment work, and in the 2017 and 2018 edition Mark was ranked as a ‘Next Generation’ lawyer, and ranked as a ‘Rising Star’ in the 2019 edition.
Chambers UK 2017 highlighted him as a “Notable Practitioner” with clients noting his “impressive and concise” presentation. Most recently in the 2019 guide, Mark is ranked ‘Associates to Watch’, with sources describing him as “really impressive, very sensible, pragmatic and realistic when dealing with clients”.
Finally, Mark has recently obtained a distinction in a Masters Degree in Corporate and Insolvency Law whilst working full-time at Appleby, together with being awarded a prize by Nottingham Law School for “best postgraduate student overall”.
Examples of Mark’s work include:
- Exclusiva General Inc. v (1) Vorko Corp. (2) Targus Holdings Limited (3) Vintage Holdings Limited CHP 14/0026 (judgment dated 28 October 2014) – numerous applications in respect of a disputed multi-jurisdiction corporate insolvency.
- Re: Kenichi Machida (as Trustee in Bankruptcy of Shingi Nishida) CHP14/0103 (judgment dated 4 December 2014) – an application to recognise the appointment of a Japanese Trustee in Bankruptcy in the Isle of Man.
- Trevor Bruce Kerr v Borough of Douglas 2DS 2014/6 (judgment dated 20 June 2014) – an appeal against a possession order obtained by local housing authority on numerous grounds including a breach of human rights.
- Borough of Douglas v Trevor Bruce Kerr SUM 2013/98 (judgment dated 28 March 2014) – a Local Housing Authority repossession.
- Lorna Taylor v (1) Alexia Hewett (2) Brian Hewett (3) A D Hewett Dental Practice 13/145 (judgment dated 9 December 2015) – a preliminary hearing to determine the employment status of a dentist under the Employment Act 2006.
Nottingham Law School (England)
University of Leicester (England)
“Really impressive, very sensible, pragmatic and realistic when dealing with clients.”