Iain Mackie > Macfarlanes LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Macfarlanes LLP

Work Department

Litigation and dispute resolution


Iain specialises in large-scale corporate and financial services litigation and arbitration for a mix of UK and international corporate clients, private equity houses, family offices and financial institutions.

Iain is well known in the market for his expertise in handling complex corporate litigation, including large shareholder, joint venture and post-transaction disputes. He also advises on fraud issues; the rights and obligations of directors; derivative actions and unfair prejudice petitions; insolvency issues and restructuring. Much of his work is of a multi-jurisdictional nature and he has particular expertise in matters involving private equity investments and entrepreneurs.

He acts for banks, financial institutions and fund managers in relation to disputes concerning fund and asset management, lending/security, complex financial instruments (particularly derivatives), trade finance and internal investigations. He has extensive experience of regulatory investigations by the FCA and other regulators, both in the UK and elsewhere, and advises on market abuse and compliance issues.

He is regularly involved in advising non-UK clients involved in English law disputes, particularly in relation to international arbitrations concerning commercial and corporate matters, and in dealing with complex cross-border litigation.

Iain was head of the litigation and dispute resolution group for 12 years, and he is now focusing solely on client work.


Qualified 1992; partner 2008

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium

(Hall of Fame)

Iain MackieMacfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP‘s ‘genuinely premium‘ department leverages the dual strength of its private client and corporate practices to skillfully represent entrepreneurs, senior executives, shareholders, family offices and corporate entities connected to them. Practice head Matt McCahearty  is described by one client as being ‘good at managing large teams in the most complex commercial litigation‘. The group also fields ‘legendary figureIain Mackie  and ‘superstarLois Horne . Newly made up Christopher Charlton is ‘everything you would want in a partner‘.