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Temple Chambers
3-7 Temple Avenue

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 5

'More interested in solutions than simply running the clock', iLaw is traditionally known for its IT and IP credentials, but the boutique law firm additionally specialises in high-stakes, cross-border commercial litigation that frequently comprises fraud and asset recovery work. Department head Mark Culbert is 'a very sensible, commercially-minded litigator'; .Tom Clark is an expert in asset recovery, insolvency litigation and fraud matters; and Jenny Lau focuses on a mixture of High Court litigation and early-stage investigations for potential arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Mark Culbert

Other key lawyers:


‘Good breadth of sectoral expertise.’

‘Mark Culbert is a very sensible, commercially-minded litigator.’

‘Mark Culbert is a pragmatic senior partner with good subject matter knowledge.’

‘Mark Culbert – clients love his down-to-earth and common-sense approach.’

‘iLaw’s team, whilst smaller than many litigation and asset-recovery teams punches above its weight due to Tom Clark’s strong leadership.’

‘Tom Clark is exceptional. He has a keen understanding of cross-border asset recovery and works well with litigators in other jurisdictions to maximise recoveries whilst keeping costs under control. Tom gives the client comfort that matters are under control with frequent communication.’

‘Jenny Lau has excellent client-management skills and is very practical.’

‘Pragmatic, commercial and human. More interested in solutions than simply running the clock.’

Key clients

OYO Technology and Hospitality (UK)

Naked Wine

Kwik Fit

Nora Grinberg

Robert Dyas Holdings

CleanCo Ventures


Bovingdon Film Studios

Berry Farming

Sambal Shiok!

Portillion SPV 1

Agriculture Investments

Spinview Global

Work highlights

  • Assisted Nora Grinberg with her defence of High Court proceedings, brought in relation to her inheritance of shares in her late husband’s family business.
  • Representing Assensus Ltd in its High Court claim concerning England’s (reportedly) largest solar farm project.
  • Assisting large corporations with portfolios of dispute work, including Robert Dyas Holdings and OYO Technology and Hospitality (UK.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Smaller Deals, £10m-£100m

Jointly led by Tony Roberts and Justin Ellis, the corporate team at iLaw handles investments, acquisitions and disposals matters, with a particular focus on the technology and media sectors.

iLaw was established in 2006 as a boutique commercial law firm in the City of London. Its founders had identified a gap in the market for clients who wanted to use a top-quality City firm that wasn’t restricted by the conservatism of more traditional firms.

The firm: iLaw is committed to delivering excellent quality (both technical and service standards) and value. Its clients are typically entrepreneurial businesses and individuals, ranging from past and present stars of TV’s Dragons Den to fast-growing tech companies. iLaw is an innovative firm, with a particular focus on the technology and media sectors, although it serves a much broader client base too. One of the firm’s key areas of innovation is in relation to fees, ensuring that the most appropriate method of charging is tailored to meet the needs of the client and the matter in hand.

iLaw was a founder member of the International Commercial Law Alliance (ICLA), giving it international reach.

Types of work undertaken
Dispute resolution: the disputes team advises on a wide range of matters, from complex international fraud to simple debt claims. It has particular experience in dealing with disputes in the fields of intellectual property and technology, defamation, banking and insolvency. The team acted for nine defendants in one of the largest cases ever to hit the English courts: JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov. At the core of the team’s philosophy is the need to take a sensible approach to disputes, to fight hard when the situation requires, but also to keep its clients’ commercial considerations to the fore.

Corporate/commercial: iLaw advises on all kinds of corporate and commercial deals. On the corporate side this includes mergers and acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, exits and ongoing corporate advice. Commercial transactions include licensing, development, outsourcing, manufacturing, partnering, agency/distribution, terms of business and public procurement. The team’s ethos is to get the deal done as simply as possible, but without compromising the client’s position.

Employment: the firm’s employment team advises on a wide range of domestic and cross-border employment issues, including restructuring, outsourcing and other TUPE issues, redundancy, disputes and contracts, and has successfully acted for a number of former senior bank employees. The firm also specialises in advising employment agencies and businesses.

Commercial property: the firm is able to advise on commercial property transactions, so that it can offer the full range of every day legal requirements to its clients. The team advises on property acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant issues, secured lending and development.

Regulatory: iLaw advises on a range of regulatory issues that are likely to affect its clients such as data protection/freedom of information, advertising and marketing regulations, e-commerce rules, competition law and procurement regulations.

Department Name Email Telephone
Dispute Resolution Tom Clark
Dispute Resolution Mark Culbert
Arbitration Jenny Lau
Employment Malcolm Mason
Commercial/Technology Justin Ellis
Corporate Justin Ellis
Intellectual Property Mark Culbert
Intellectual Property Justin Ellis
CIS desk Dmitry Gololobov
Commercial property Jeff White
Insolvency/regulatory Tom Clark
Employment Nick Hine
Marketing and Business Development Gregory Carrasco
Photo Name Position Profile
Tom Clark photo Tom Clark Tom Clark is a Legal 500 recommended lawyer and co-owner of iLaw,…
Mark Culbert photo Mark Culbert Mark is a co-founder of iLaw Solicitors, a founder of the IT…
Justin Ellis photo Justin Ellis Justin is one of the co-founders of iLaw (2006). His areas of…
Jenny Lau photo Jenny Lau Head of Arbitration at iLaw
Tony Roberts photo Tony Roberts Head of Corporate.
Number of directors : 5
Number of other UK fee-earners : 19
Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin)
International Trade Mark Association (INTA)
International Bar Association (IBA)
International Commercial Law Alliance (ICLA)