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Mark Phillips QC

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Mark specialises in all aspects of international insolvency and reconstruction, banking and finance and the disputes arising. He also has an extensive sports law practice, dealing with disciplinary, regulatory and contractual issues. Mark has appeared in Courts at every level in England and overseas. Recent cases included the Saad Investments fraud and the SPhinx liquidations both in Cayman; several hearings, including 2 trials, on behalf of Aabar and Edgeworth; leading for the liquidators in Chesterfield and Partridge, Kaupthing SPVs in their claim against Deutsche Bank; leading the claim against the directors and professionals on behalf of International Access Properties. In previous years, Mark appeared for the Lehman administrators in the Supreme Court; acted for the hedge funds who took over the Co-Op Bank; appeared in the landmark decision on UNCITRAL model law, STX Pan Ocean v Fibria; defended the Bank of England at trial against the high-profile misfeasance claim brought by the liquidators of BCCI; and appeared for the shareholders of Northern Rock in the Court of Appeal.  In the late 80s/early 90s Mark acted in every major administration including Maxwell, Olympia & York (Canary Wharf), British & Commonwealth. Mark's sports practice includes acting for the FA, the Premier League, the Football League and various clubs and players. He acted for the liquidators of Rangers Football Club on the claim arising out of the takeover by Craig Whyte. In Formula 1, Mark has appeared before the International Court of Appeal of the FIA, the Contract Recognition Board and the World Motor Sport Council.


Called 1984; QC 1999; appointed Recorder 2000.


International Insolvency Institute; Insolvency Lawyers’ Association (Past President); Association of Business Recovery Professionals (Fellow and past Council Member); INSOL International; INSOL Europe; Commercial Bar Association; Chancery Bar Association.


Bristol University (1982 LLB; 1983 LLM).

London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

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

Mark Phillips QC - South SquareVery hardworking and tenacious.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Mark Phillips QC - South SquareAn excellent commercial litigator.

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Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Mark Phillips QC - South SquareAn enthusiastic cross-examiner who gets to grips with the case and is always up for the fight.

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Within: Insolvency – Leading silks

Mark Phillips QC - South SquareAn enthusiastic cross-examiner who gets to grips with the case.

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Within: Sport – Leading silks

Mark Phillips QC - South SquareA tenacious advocate – direct and tactically astute.

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