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Shoosmiths LLP

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Mark Elder

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Shoosmiths LLP


Mark is a partner and head of department in Birmingham for dispute resolution and compliance. He specialises in resolving large scale and complex commercial disputes including IT disputes, competition litigation, partnership and shareholder disputes, breach of trust/confidentiality claims, injunctions, intellectual property litigation, professional negligence actions and defamation issues. Mark has particular expertise in matters involving emergency injunctive relief, search and seize and freezing injunctions/orders and acts as a court appointed supervisor of search orders. He is an advocate of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) as a means of resolving disputes and is a trained mediator. Regularly negotiates commercial settlements and conducts mediations to conclude matters.


Qualified FInstLEX 1999; qualified as solicitor 2005; trained Pinsent Masons LLP; associate Pinsent Masons LLP; senior associate George Green LLP; partner BPE Solicitors; partner and Head of Department (Birmingham) Irwin Mitchell LLP; partner and Head of Department (Birmingham) Shoosmiths LLP


Conversational French


ADR Group; Birmingham Law Society Dispute Resolution Committee; Professional Negligence Lawyers Association


Birmingham University; College of Law, Birmingham.


Member of Shukokai Kobudokai Karate Association

London: Risk advisory

Reputation management

Within: Reputation management

Shoosmiths LLP's team is led by Kath Livingstone and Mark Elder. Key work included successfully acting for Lee Sharpe and other high-profile individuals in phone hacking claims against Mirror Group Newspapers Limited; and acting for Derwent Holdings Limited in securing the removal of confidential information from an online blog.

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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Birmingham

Within: Commercial litigation: Birmingham

Shoosmiths LLP¬†provides ‚Äėan excellent level of service ‚Äď the firm has very good response times and business acumen, providing well-rounded advice that communicates all the options available to clients through a narrative of the risks associated with each option‚Äô. The firm handles a diverse range of cases, from civil fraud and regulatory matters through to more esoteric litigation. Mark Elder¬†and associate Rebekah Finch¬†represented former Manchester United midfielder Lee Sharpe in a phone hacking claim brought against Mirror Group Newspapers, securing a settlement including an undertaking not to hack Sharpe‚Äôs phone in future. Elder also acts for Allpay in a judicial review of HMRC concerning the VAT rating of payment services.¬†Alex Bishop¬† is ‚Äėfantastic ‚Äď she puts clients at ease in stressful¬†situations, and brings a commercial and pragmatic approach that ensures clients are always fully advised and¬†supported‚Äô. She represented a defendant to a multi-party Commercial Court case involving allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation concerning the extension of the repayment date of loan notes, as well as an indemnity regarding losses made by a company which is subject to a Serious Fraud Office investigation. She also represented a recruitment company in a dispute with a former director who left the company but commenced to contact clients of his old employer. Other disputes concern customs, IT services procurement, manufacturing disputes and unpaid invoice matters. The firm also acts for Accident Exchange on matters unrelated to the Autofocus case, and The White Company.

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