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 > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

At Hill Dickinson LLP, charities, not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises of varying sizes are acted for on a range of matters including commercial issues, group structuring work, insolvencies, property mandates, constitutional and governance issues, employment matters and compliance work. Mark Fitzgibbon leads on most of the firm’s charity-related matters.

North West > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property

Hill Dickinson LLP specialises in brand protection and exploitation, regularly advising on sponsorship and personal endorsement deals, licenses and IPR assignments. Patent application before the UK IPO and EPO, asset purchase agreements, research and development collaboration contracts and the full range of contentious issues are also core strengths. The London-based Mark Weston heads the department alongside Mark Fitzgibbon, who operates from Manchester.

North West > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Liverpool

The practice at Hill Dickinson LLP is made up of a team of ‘dedicated and real experts’. Mark Fitzgibbon jointly heads the practice with Craig Scott, a lawyer with extensive experience of private equity deals and corporate transactions. The team also include Jonathan Brown, who handles negotiations in the transport and aviation sectors, as well as Matt Noon, whose track record includes various high-value national investments, sales and acquisitions. Mike Jones, particularly active in the retail, logistics, leisure and property sectors, provides M&A expertise alongside Sue Russell. Also of note at the junior end are Michael Murphy and Graeme Alder; they respectively specialise in corporate deals in the property investment sector and commercial contracts. Cross-border matters are a core strength with further industry strengths including health, local government and higher education.

North West > Public sector > Local government

The local government team at Hill Dickinson LLP advises on public procurement, property and regeneration projects, governance, pensions, dispute resolution and telecoms, and also takes on education, health and social contract commission work. Practice head Mark Fitzgibbon undertakes a broad range of procurement and governance work; Tracy Sheehan leads the telecoms team.

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

Hill Dickinson LLP’s mid-market focused North West corporate team is best known for its equity capital markets, private equity and M&A work. Jointly led by Ian Gillis and Mark Fitzgibbon, the practice prides itself on its reputation for commerciality and successfully closing transactions. Key client sectors include logistics, health, manufacturing, education, retail, leisure, tech and local government. Other key partners include the ‘brilliantIan Riggs, Jonathan Gillow and David Mkhitarian.

Ireland > Dispute resolution

Lavelle Partners is noted for its work in litigation related to insolvencies and financial services, and also handles contractual disputes. The practice is led by Ciarán Leavy. Other key contacts in the team include the highly experienced Mark Fitzgibbon, managing partner and insolvency specialist Michael Lavelle, and Avril Scally, who handles healthcare litigation.