Mark Sachs > Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Work Department

Shipping, Commercial dispute resolution, International trade


Mark has a broad practice in shipping, commodity and commercial litigation. He has conducted arbitrations in London, Singapore, China, Hong Kong and Stockholm either as counsel or lead partner. He also has considerable wet shipping experience having handled all types of casualties. He has litigated shipbuilding, construction and mining disputes.

A fluent Mandarin Chinese speaker, Mark studied in China and is adept at working with Chinese evidence, both oral and written. He was one of the first foreign maritime lawyers to work in China in the late 1980s. 

In London arbitration he was the lead partner in a significant arbitration arising out of a cancellation dispute involving the vessel Atalanta. This has generated consequential High Court litigation in Westwood Shipping Lines and Weyerhaeuser NR Company v Universal Schifffahrtsgesellschaft mbH [2012].


Mark has acted for Japan-based marine insurers for over 25 years and in 2018-2019 has been instructed in several high-profile marine casualties in South Africa (collision and total loss) and at Suez (multi-vessel collisions).

Mark opened the firm’s Singapore office in 1996.


Mandarin Chinese


His first degree was in Chinese Literature (First Class) from the University of British Columbia followed by an LLB. He is qualified as a barrister and solicitor in British Columbia and was admitted as an English solicitor in 1998.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Commodities disputes

(Leading individuals)

Mark SachsPenningtons Manches Cooper LLP

The international trade and commodities group at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is heavily involved in cases concerning soft commodities, metals, mining, oil and gas and trade finance. Its diverse client base includes Czarnikow Group and the British Coffee Association. The firm acts across the supply chain, from producers through to trading companies and end-users, though it is particular focused on acting for trading companies and financing banks. George Mingay (who is ‘measured, thoughtful and calm under pressure‘) and Mark Sachs jointly lead the ‘quick, practical and knowledgeable‘ team, in which key partner Lisa Hillary plays a central role.