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Mark O'Grady

    Profile

    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.

    Further information

    Qualifications

    • BPTC (Very Competent), BPP London 2016
    • GDP (Commendation), BPP London 2015
    • MRes (War Studies) (Distinction), King’s College London 2010
    • MA (Intelligence and International Security) (Distinction), King’s College London 2009
    • BA (Hons) Politics (First Class, ranked 6th in year), Durham University 2006

    Scholarships

    • Lord Denning Scholarship (Lincoln's Inn)
    • Hardwicke Entrance Award (Lincoln's Inn)
    • Wolfson Scholarship (Lincoln's Inn)
    • Excellence Award (BPP London)
    • Economic and Social Research Council scholarship (MRes, War Studies)

    Recent cases

    Palmater v Forrester (B02WI786), Willesden County Court, 6 September 2016

    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.

    Palmater v Forrester (B02WI786), Croydon County Court, 1 August 2017

    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.

    Anderson v Sheil (C8QZ11V4), Wrexham County Court, 22-23 June 2017

    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. 

    Interests

    Cycling, running, cooking, travelling.

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    Year of Call 2016

    Email

    markogrady@lambchambers.co.uk

    Contact clerk

    Joe Grimmer

    020 7797 8307

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