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Mark Molyneux

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Addleshaw Goddard

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Mark is a partner specialising in commercial litigation. Mark provides advice to a wide range of clients including leading FTSE 100 corporates, financial institutions and high-net-worth individuals, on disputes including complex fraud claims contractual and outsourcing disputes, contract termination and warranty claims. Mark has significant experience of leading complex, high-value litigation for multinational and major FTSE 100 companies both in the English High Court and in International Arbitration including claims supported by urgent injunctive relief and worldwide freezing injunctions. Mark is responsible for Addleshaw Goodard’s approach to edisclosure. Mark has a particular interest in disputes involving cross-border issues and regularly advises on matters involving jurisdictions in Europe, Africa and South and Central America. Mark is a lead partner in Addleshaw Goddard’s Africa Business Group. Mark’s arbitration experience includes disputes under ICC, LCIA, SCC and Uncitral rules.


Trained Addleshaw Goddard LLP; qualified 2002; partner 2010.


College of Law, York (1999-2000 LPC); University of Leeds (1996-99 LLB Law).

London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

'A good choice for major commercial disputes', Addleshaw Goddard has go-to lawyers for corporate and M&A disputes, commercial contract and termination disputes, complex IT, telecoms and technology litigation, and civil fraud as well as finance disputes, competition litigation and product liability. The team successfully represented BP Oil International in its defence of a $70m claim brought by National Bank of Abu Dhabi, which arose out of a complex invoice discounting agreement; this was the first-ever case to be tried under the Rolls Building's pilot Shorter Trials Scheme. Michael Barnett is litigation head and particularly known for disputes in the financial markets, commercial litigation and civil fraud areas; Mark Molyneux is national head of commercial litigation; London commercial litigation lead Louisa Caswell is 'a strongly rising star among the partners'; and Jon Tweedale is 'a stellar lawyer who inspires loyalty amongst clients'. Other highly rated advisers include insurance disputes practice leader Richard Wise, together with legal director Mark Chesher, while the key managing associates are Natasha Winter , who is 'experienced, personable and efficient, gets significant results and has good connections with chambers', and Richard Levett, who is 'a thoughtful, intellectual lawyer with great litigation instincts'. The firm expanded its London corporate crime and investigations offering through the hire of specialist Michelle de Kluyver from Allen & Overy LLP.

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International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Addleshaw Goddard recently hired construction, engineering and environment disputes practitioner Gerlando Butera from Nabarro LLP's Singapore office. The practice acts in energy, construction and life sciences-related arbitrations and has extensive experience in enforcing arbitration awards. The team acted for a Thai investor in an investment arbitration brought under the 1987 ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement, which concerned disputed property rights. Simon Kamstra  is international arbitration head; Jon Tweedale has a focus on energy and life sciences; Sarah Vasani is London head of investor state disputes; Mark Molyneux leads the firm's Africa group; and Jonathan Tattersall heads up the Japan desk, representing major construction contractors in the Asia Pacific region.

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North West: Corporate and commercial

EU competition

Within: EU competition

Addleshaw Goddard‚Äôs ‚Äėvery pragmatic‚Äô team ‚Äėquickly gets to grips with client parameters and the issues at hand‚Äô and its Manchester-based team is noted for its contentious expertise; ¬†the team is acting as co-counsel on behalf of the Road Haulage Association in collective proceedings brought against truck manufacturers to recover damages resulting from a 14-year cartel. The team is also defending NKT Cables on claims brought by National Grid and Scottish Power for alleged overcharges relating to the high voltage cables infringement decision of the European Commission. Mark Molyneux¬† heads the competition litigation team; his ‚Äėexperience of running big-ticket litigation is invaluable‚Äô and his ‚Äėability to pick up issues and propose sensible solutions is a real asset‚Äô. ¬†The Manchester team works closely with national team head Bruce Kilpatrick¬†and Rona Bar-Isaac, who are mainly based in the firm‚Äôs London office, and managing associate Clare Walker¬†in Leeds.

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North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Manchester

Within: Leading individuals

Mark Molyneux - Addleshaw Goddard

Within: Commercial litigation: Manchester

The ‚Äėsuperb‚Äô four-partner team at Addleshaw Goddard¬†handles complex commercial disputes for local, national and international clients, and stands out for its ‚Äėbusiness acumen‚Äô, its ‚Äėwillingness to be flexible‚Äô and for its ‚Äėability to think around the solution tactically‚Äô. Recent high-profile competition matters include representing the RHA, as co-counsel, in collective proceedings to be brought before the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) on behalf of businesses affected by the EU Truck Cartel; representing two of the former directors of Burnden Holdings (UK) (in Liquidation) in a claim brought by BHUKL and its liquidator alleging various dishonest breaches of fiduciary duty; and representing Co-operative Insurance in its claim against IBM relating to the wrongful purported termination of the contract under which it was to implement a new IT operating platform. ‚ÄėExceptional‚Äô team head Mark Molyneux¬†is ‚Äėcalm and considered‚Äô and is ‚Äėan¬†excellent communicator‚Äô. Susan Garrett¬†is ‚Äėexcellent on complex commercial disputes‚Äô and is representing a number of clients in regulatory issues involving medicines, electronic cigarettes and related products and engagement with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and the Department of Health. Other key figures include 'outstanding'¬†legal director Clare Dwyer, who¬†is ‚Äėresponsive, commercial and pragmatic‚Äô; and managing associates¬†Nicholas Ashcroft, who has a particular focus on disputes in the industrial sector and Sub-Saharan Africa,¬†Paul Rowley, who regularly advises clients operating in the public sector, and¬†Victoria Pool, who is ‚Äėbrilliant‚Äô.¬†Samantha Haigh¬†and Alexandra Seabridge¬†are also recommended, as are legal director Helen Collinge, who acts for lender clients,¬†and Harold Brako, who specialises in banking and finance litigation. John Gosling recently retired.

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North West: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Mark Molyneux heads the team at Addleshaw Goddard, which handles a considerable amount of lender professional negligence work and sits on the panel of a number of major banks and building societies. Ben Lowans frequently acts for lenders in their most complex and high value disputes typically against solicitors who had assisted on real estate finance. Consultant John Gosling  is another key member of the team and has considerable experience advising on significant professional negligence claims for banks as well as experience in several non-lender claims. Managing associate Matthew O’Neil   regularly advises financial services clients on claims against valuers, surveyors, brokers and solicitors.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

Addleshaw Goddard¬†is ‚Äėa very pragmatic firm that quickly gets to grips with client parameters and the issues at hand‚Äô and ‚Äėutilises its technically excellent and commercial team to stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the bigger players in the market‚Äô. Managing associate Clare Walker¬†is the key name in the Leeds office and works closely with the ‚Äėinvaluable‚Äô Mark Molyneux¬†in Manchester and London-based Bruce Kilpatrick¬†and Rona Bar Isaac. Highlights included acting for Bruntwood Management Services on multiple state aid issues, representing the Road Haulage Association in collective proceedings against truck manufacturers to recover damages arising from a cartel, and defending NKT Cables in claims brought by National Grid and Scottish Power alleging overcharges relating to the high voltage cables infringement decision of the EC. Other clients include JD Sports Fashion, SSE, Saga, the Department for Transport and Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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