Mark Fitzgibbon > Hill Dickinson LLP > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Hill Dickinson LLP
M2 2AS

Work Department

Commercial and intellectual property team


A partner and head of the commercial and intellectual property team, Mark is an expert in commercial contracting requirements across all aspects of the supply chain including public procurement advisory work.

Mark trained in the city, qualifying in 1994, and has been at the firm since 2010, before which he was a partner at Cobbetts for 12 years in the commercial and projects team.

Since 1998, Mark has been a trustee on the board of three charities within the Big Life Group (incorporating Big Issue in the North) and, since 2009, has also been chair of those boards. In addition, he has been a council member of the Manchester Law Society since 2014.

Mark specialises in:

  • Supply chain management commercial contract structuring and negotiation
  • Public procurement advisory work (for providers and commissioners)
  • Health sector contracting and commissioning
  • Charity formations and governance


Trained Rowe & Maw, qualified 1994, assistant 1994-96; assistant solicitor Slater Heelis 1996-98; solicitor Cobbetts 1998-99, associate solicitor 1999-2001, partner 2001-2010; partner Hill Dickinson 2011 to present. Appointed director of charity companies within Big Life Group (2000); appointed chair of all charity boards of Big Life Group (2006) – chair of board for Big Issue in the North Trust, Self Help Services and Big Life Centres. Members of the Council of the Manchester Law Society.


French (spoken), Spanish (spoken).


Procurement Lawyers Association; Charity Law Association.


St Peters RC Comprehensive School, Middlesbrough (1985); St Marys RC Sixth Form College, Middlesbrough (1987); University of Essex (1990 LLB (Hons) Law); College of Law, York (LSFE 2nd Class Hons).


Tennis, skiing, hiking, cinema, art, music, travel, photography, cat-lover.

Lawyer Rankings

North West > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms

Hill Dickinson LLP‘s technology practice is led from the London office by Mark Weston. In the North West the key names key names are Manchester-based commercial, TMT and IP head Mark Fitzgibbon and Liverpool-based commercial litigator Paul Walsh who advises corporate clients on IT, outsourcing, technology and telecoms disputes.

North West > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

The multidisciplinary team at Hill Dickinson LLP advises charities on a wide range of relevant matters for charities and third sector clients, including insolvency, property, constitutional, and governance issues. Mark Fitzgibbon is a key contact for third sector clients regarding commercial, IP, and TMT matters, while Jeff Middleton is noted for advising on employment matters for charity clients. Additionally, Fionnuala Kenny often advises private clients regarding private charitable trust formation and administration.

North West > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester

At Hill Dickinson LLP, corporate mandates are overseen by Ian Gillis who takes the lead on many of the stellar M&A and private equity deals for which the firm is known. Other practitioners with notable expertise in these areas include Ian Riggs, who is most commonly instructed by family businesses and entrepreneurs; transactions expert David Mkhitarian; and Sean Lightfoot, who was promoted to legal director in November 2021. For commercial work, the group fields seasoned practitioner Mark Fitzgibbon who is widely recognised for his public procurement work.

North West > Public sector > Local government

Described as ‘experts in their field’, Hill Dickinson LLP’s team is experienced in public procurement, regeneration and governance issues among others. The team is able to draw on expertise from the firm’s health business group, its public procurement and construction practices. Mark Fitzgibbon oversees the team; he undertakes public procurement, commercial contracts and regeneration projects. Peter Winnard joined as partner in November 2021 from CMS, contributing experience in large-scale development and regeneration.