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Background

Mark Anderson KC

Call: 1983 | Silk: 2010

"He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and is devastatingly efficient as an advocate."

Chambers UK, 2023

"Mark’s presence in the court room, his rapport with judges, and stature as a legal heavyweight is quickly and clearly evident."

Legal 500, 2022

"In court, every submission is deployed with just the right amount of weight and colour."

Legal 500, 2021

"He is a brilliant silk."

Legal 500, 2020

"A very accomplished advocate who ties the opposition’s witnesses in knots."

Legal 500, 2020

Mark Anderson KC has a wide-ranging practice covering business and property disputes of all kinds.

Mark specialises in company, partnership and insolvency disputes and in the professional negligence of lawyers and accountants, but he also has expertise in a wide range of fields including trusts, commercial property, financial services, intellectual property and competition law.

Mark sits part-time as a Judge of the High Court (Chancery Division) having been authorised by the Chancellor under section 9(1) of the Senior Courts Act 1981. His past appointments include Chair of the Midland Chancery and Commercial Bar Association and Head of No 5 Chambers.

Expertise

Business & Property

Mark practices the following areas:

Civil Fraud

Mark has extensive advisory and trial experience in fraud cases.

Commercial Litigation

Mark is frequently instructed to advise in how best to bring and defend contractual claims arising out of commercial deals. He has extensive experience in negotiating resolution of such disputes, and of representing businesses in court if negotiations cannot achieve resolution.

Company & Partnership

Mark’s no 1 specialism is in shareholder and partnership disputes. He has extensive experience of unfair prejudice petitions, expulsion and dissolution claims and fraud claims between company members and partners.

Fraudulent Insurance Claims

Mark has represented claimants accused of fraud in making insurance claims. His most recent such case was in 2023 and was settled, to the client’s advantage, shortly before trial.

Joint Venture & Shareholder Disputes

Mark’s has extensive experience of unfair prejudice petitions, earn-out disputes, share option challenges and other disputes between business associates.

Professional Negligence

Mark’s principal experience is of presenting claims against solicitors for negligence and other breaches of duty. These rarely go to court. Mark also has recent experience of suing insurance brokers and accountants.

Notable Business & Property Cases


Krishna Holdco v Gowrie Holdings [2023]EWHC 1538 (Ch)

a shareholder fraud claim put by the claimant at £106m.


Transomas v Kheri Trading [2023] EWHC 3054 (Ch)

a fraud claim to recover ownership of a hotel near Hyde Park.


Fundo Soberano de Angola v Dos Santos [2018] EWHC 2199 (Comm)

discharge of worldwide freezing order for non-disclosure and want of jurisdiction.


Republic of Angola v Perfectbit Limited

a $3bn freezing order for international banking fraud.


Employment

Injunctions

Mark has a lifetime’s experience of injunctions, including recently appearing successfully for Wolverhampton City Council at all three levels (High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court) in the leading case of Wolverhampton City Council v London Gypsies and Travellers [2023] UKSC 47. Mark is also experienced in freezing orders and confidentiality injunctions in the commercial context (for example Fundo Soberano de Angola v Dos Santos [2018] EWHC 2199 (Comm) (discharge of worldwide freezing order for non-disclosure and want of jurisdiction); Republic of Angola v Perfectbit Limited (a $3bn freezing order for international banking fraud).

Executive Contracts & Wrongful Dismissal

Mark has a long history of advising and appearing in disputes about share options, executive incentive schemes and wrongful dismissal of high-earning individuals, including enforcement of covenants.

Restrictive Covenants, Confidential Information & Garden Leave

Mark has a long history of advising and appearing in disputes wrongful dismissal of high-earning individuals, including enforcement of covenants.

Related News, Resources and Events

News


No5 Barristers’ Chambers has again been ranked as a Top set in The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners UK Directories

Following the release of the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners UK rankings, we are pleased to announce that No5 has once again obtained its…

News


Mark Anderson QC and Steven Reed successful in $3bn jurisdiction challenge

Mr Justice Popplewell has handed down a reserved judgment following a four-day jurisdiction challenge, dismissing a $3 billion claim brought by the Republic of Angola’s…

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  • Recorder 2002
  • Appointed in 2013 to sit as a judge of the High Court under section 9(1) of the Senior Courts Act 1981

Related News, Resources and Events

News


No5 Barristers’ Chambers has again been ranked as a Top set in The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners UK Directories

Following the release of the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners UK rankings, we are pleased to announce that No5 has once again obtained its…

News


Mark Anderson QC and Steven Reed successful in $3bn jurisdiction challenge

Mr Justice Popplewell has handed down a reserved judgment following a four-day jurisdiction challenge, dismissing a $3 billion claim brought by the Republic of Angola’s…

View all related news

Clerk Team

Danny Griffiths

Director of Clerking (Birmingham)

danielg@no5.com

07960 831815

Dan Woodbridge

Practice Director, Business & Property

danw@no5.com

07904 334814

Daniel Birch

Business & Property Clerk

danielbirch@no5.com

Olivia McIntyre

Business & Property Clerk

oliviam@no5.com

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