Year of call 1986
Mark is a specialist property litigator – with his entire practice in this area. His work includes residential landlord and tenant, commercial landlord and tenant and real estate.
He represents clients in contested hearings at every level including the First-tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. In November 2021, Mark will appear for the Respondents in the Supreme Court appeal of FirstPort v Settlers Court RTM Co.
The bulk of Mark’s work is in the residential field.
He is regularly instructed in complex service charge and enfranchisement claims by leaseholders, management companies and landlords.
Amongst numerous enfranchisement cases in the past year, he has represented one of the major London Estates in the acquisition of mews houses in Marylebone and represented the leaseholders in a collective claim for the freehold of three blocks of flats in Euston.
Examples of recent residential work include:
Mark is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners. He is editor of Service Charges & Management (5th Ed) and was the legal advisor to the Institute of Chartered Accountants working party that produced “TECH 03/11”, the leading professional guidance on service charge accounting. He received the Barrister of the Year accolade at the Property Management Awards 2012.
He is currently representing landlords and leaseholders in service charge and management matters under both LTA 1985 and 1987, as well as advising RTM companies on service charge and management disputes. Amongst recent cases, he has advised large groups of leaseholders seeking acquisition orders and variation orders under LTA 1987.
Mark is accredited for direct access work for members of the public under the Bar Council’s direct access scheme.
On the commercial side, Mark has particular experience of the legal and valuation aspects of ‘opposing’ and ‘non-opposing’ lease renewals under the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954, as well as advising and representing clients in forfeiture and dilapidations claims.
In addition to this Mark has advised and represented parties to rent review litigation and third party determinations, as well as advising arbitrators under Section 37 of the Arbitration Act 1996. He is general editor of the RICS publication “Rent Review: a Surveyor’s Handbook”.
Examples of recent commercial work include: