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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Mark Howarth

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Eversheds Sutherland

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Mark is a Partner in our commercial disputes and international arbitration group. He handles a broad spectrum of litigation and international arbitration work, assisting clients from a range of industry sectors – both private and public – in managing complex disputes and commercial risk.

Mark’s experience encompasses business-critical contract disputes and crisis management, post-M&A disputes – including corporate warranty/indemnity claims, completion accounts claims and shareholder disputes – judicial reviews, regulatory investigations and tax-related disputes. Mark also has significant experience of conducting alternative dispute resolution processes such as mediation.

Mark is a lead Partner in our specialist energy disputes and regulatory practice acting for major industry clients such as Shell, GDF Suez/Engie, GE, Halliburton, National Grid, EDF, RWE Npower, Eni and Essar. Mark also represents national oil companies.

Mark is recommended by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.

Mark joined Eversheds from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in 2009. Mark read law at Downing College, Cambridge University.

Mark’s experience includes representing:

  • a national oil company in a multi-billion dollar gas sales dispute arising in the Middle East;
  • a global consumer product manufacturer in proceedings for recovery of multi-million pound damages arising from failure of a gas processing system;
  • a consortium of UK local authorities in multiple adjudications and commercial court proceedings relating a £600m Private Finance Initiative recycling and energy from waste project;
  • the world’s largest independent power producer in claims against the former owners of Europe’s biggest gas-fired power station;
  • a global consumer goods client in defending warranty claims brought following disposal of various ‘super-brand’ business divisions;
  • a pharmaceuticals plc in one of the largest ever transfer pricing disputes with HMRC; and
  • an oil super-major in defending complex group action proceedings arising from oil spills in North Africa.



London: Dispute resolution

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises on both commercial and investor-state arbitrations, and the practice has particular experience of challenging jurisdictions in emerging markets. Jonathan Leach is the UK international arbitration and PIL head; Mark Howarth in Leeds acts in international commercial arbitration proceedings across the energy and industrials sectors; and Greg Falkof focuses on disputes in the oil and gas, construction and infrastructure sectors, primarily in Africa and the Middle East. Cameron Forsaith is an experienced principal associate and senior associate Ahmed Abdel-Hakam joined from LALIVE's Geneva office.

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Public international law

Within: Public international law

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's investor-state arbitration practice continues to be highly sought after by states in the most significant disputes. It is acting for the state of Libya in its defence of three separate and unrelated arbitrations, brought in the aftermath of the Arab Spring.  The group also draws upon its network of international offices to advise on treaty obligations and interpretation, the status of foreign governments, state immunity, and international human rights claims. Jonathan Leach advises multinational corporates on non-contentious and contentious matters arising from their investments into and trade with emerging markets. Other key figures to note include Mark Howarth, who is representing the Islamic Republic of Iran in a long-running dispute with the USA, before the Iran-US Claims Tribunal; Greg Falkof, and senior associates Cameron Forsaith and Ahmed Abdel-Hakam.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Within: Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises its impressive client roster on a range of contentious matters, with experience handling high-profile litigation and international arbitrations. Gary Pellow (who heads up the commercial litigation group nationally) jointly leads the practice alongside product liability and procurement disputes expert Richard Matthews, and international head of TMT disputes James Hyde. The group's other specialisms include energy disputes, for which Mark Howarth is a key name to note; Chris Buddle focuses on the food and retail, industrial engineering, defence and waste resources sectors, and Deborah Polden is developing a growing expertise in unfair prejudice claims and breach of confidence and restrictive covenant cases.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Projects, energy and natural resources (including PFI)


Within: Energy

The key contact in Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's Leeds office is Mark Howarth , who leads the international firm's UK energy sector commercial and regulatory disputes team. The practice works closely with the firm's national and international network to advise on global issues across the oil, power and renewable energy sectors. Jo Hatton-Jones is also noted for her renewable and clean energy expertise.

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