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Mark has a broad practice in shipping, commodity and commercial litigation. He has conducted arbitrations in London, Singapore, China, Hong Kong and Stockholm either as counsel or lead partner. He also has considerable wet shipping experience having handled all types of casualties. He has also litigated shipbuilding, construction and mining disputes. A fluent Mandarin Chinese speaker, Mark studied in China and is adept at working with Chinese evidence, both oral and written. He was one of the first foreign maritime lawyers to work in China in the late 1980s. 

In London arbitration he was the lead partner in a significant arbitration arising out of a cancellation dispute involving the vessel Atalanta. This has generated consequential High Court litigation in Westwood Shipping Lines and Weyerhaeuser NR Company v. Universal Schifffahrtsgesellschaft mbH [2012] EWHC 1394 and [2012] EWHC 3837. Mark has acted for Japan-based marine insurers for over 25 years and in 2018-2019 has been instructed in several high-profile marine casualties in South Africa (collision and total loss) and at Suez (multi-vessel collisions).

His first degree was in Chinese Literature (First Class) from the University of British Columbia followed by an LLB. He is qualified as a barrister and solicitor in British Columbia and was admitted as an English solicitor in 1998. Mark opened the firm’s Singapore office in 1996.

Recent work highlights

  • Counsel in two recent Singapore arbitrations (SIAC and SCMA) involving shipbuilding disputes.
  • Active in many LMAA arbitrations on a variety of shipping issues.
  • Appointed as arbitrator in two Hong Kong arbitrations.
  • Defending anti-suit injunction proceedings in Essar Shipping v. Bank of China [2016] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 427.

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