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Chambers of Mark Howard QC and Helen Davies QC

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Mark Howard QC

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Brick Court Chambers (Chambers of Mark Howard QC and Helen Davies QC)


Barrister specialising in insurance/reinsurance; professional indemnity; banking; oil and gas; commercial fraud; international arbitration; all aspects of commercial litigation, particularly major commercial contracts, takeovers and city disputes. Cases: Elton John v Price Waterhouse (prof neg); BHP v Dalmine (oil and gas); Barings v Coopers & Lybrand (& ors) (professional negligence); Fyffes v Seatrade (fraud); WSTC v Coopers and Lybrand (commercial fraud/constructive trust/professional negligence); State of Qatar v Sheikh Khalifa (former Emir); East European New Buildings Dispute (reinsurance); Henderson v Merrett (professional indemnity); Axa v Field; TGTL v Enron (oil and gas); Sphere Drake v Orion; A Hwell v Perry; Wurtemburgische v Home Insurance; easyJet v BA Airlines (competition); Banco Santander v Paribas (banking); USA v BAT & Foyle; Aberdeen Asset Management v Real Estate Opportunities; Electricity Supply Board v Exxon Mobil; BSkyB v EDS, Sigma (House of Lords); Butters v BBC Worldwide (CA).


Called 1980, Gray’s Inn; silk 1996.


Queen Mary College, University of London; London School of Economics; University of London (LLB; LLM).

London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersProbably the leading commercial advocate at the Bar.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersHis mere coming on board a case can be catalyst for the enemy wanting to settle.

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Within: Energy – Leading silks

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersAmazing.

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Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersThe absolute doyen of cross-examination and trial game management.

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Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Insurance and reinsurance - Leading silks

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersAn ability to reduce very complex arguments of law to simple and understandable propositions.

Within: Insurance and reinsurance

The ‘enormous strength in breadth and depth’ of the ‘excellent barristers at all levels of call’ helps Brick Court Chambers to occupy a dominant role in the insurance litigation market. Six members, including Mark Howard QC and Neil Calver QC, are instructed on both sides of Single Buoy Moorings Inc v Zurich Insurance plc, which, at the time of publication, was the highest value case before the Commercial Court. Calver is also instructed in respect of a multi-million dollar arbitration arising out of New Zealand earthquake damage.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersA must for the shortlist of any bet-the-company dispute.

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – Leading silks

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersFirst class; experienced.

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