Mark joins Lamb Chambers as a Third Six pupil, having completed pupillage at an established London chambers in September 2017.
Mark retrained as a barrister after a career in the City, where he formerly worked for JPMorgan as a corporate finance analyst in mergers and acquisitions, and more recently as a business analyst for a major Indian financial institution. Mark's previous career has taken him to North America, India, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sierra Leone.
Mark is committed to pro bono work, having worked as a volunteer at the Citizens Advice Bureau at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital during his BPTC year. During his pupillage year, Mark advised a number of clients on various matters including housing and commercial disputes, instructed through the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
As a pupil, Mark looks forward to gaining experience in the range of Chambers' areas of practice, with a particular focus on property and commercial law.
Mark successfully acted for the claimant in a Fast Track trial for a claim for unlawful eviction relating to an AST of one month's duration. In a reserved judgment, the claimant was awarded just under £8,000 in damages, including for aggravated damages and also a penalty sum under s.214 of the Housing Act 2004, for the failure of the landlord to comply with the requirements concerning the protection of the tenant's deposit.
Mark successfully resisted the defendant’s application to put in place a payment plan of £300 per month, in connection with the payment of the judgment debt in the original action. The defendant’s application was dismissed as being totally without merit. As well as recovering the full costs claimed for the hearing, Mark also persuaded the court to impose a civil restraining order on the defendant, preventing him from making any further applications in connection with the matter without first obtaining permission of the court.
Mark was instructed by the defendant as sole counsel in a two-day multi-track case. The matter concerned a commercial dispute, which was pleaded at c.£38,000. The case was heard before Recorder James Thom QC over two days.
The claim was substantially defeated, with the defendant being ordered to pay just £1,340 of the total sum claimed. After the trial, Mark successfully negotiated a settlement on costs that resulted in the claimant paying a net sum to the defendant in respect of the his costs.
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