Mark Molyneux > Addleshaw Goddard > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile
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Mark is a partner specialising in commercial litigation. Mark provides advice to a wide range of clients including leading FTSE 100 corporates, financial institutions and high-net-worth individuals, on disputes including complex fraud claims contractual and outsourcing disputes, contract termination and warranty claims. Mark has significant experience of leading complex, high-value litigation for multinational and major FTSE 100 companies both in the English High Court and in International Arbitration including claims supported by urgent injunctive relief and worldwide freezing injunctions. Mark is responsible for Addleshaw Goodard’s approach to edisclosure. Mark has a particular interest in disputes involving cross-border issues and regularly advises on matters involving jurisdictions in Europe, Africa and South and Central America. Mark is a lead partner in Addleshaw Goddard’s Africa Business Group. Mark’s arbitration experience includes disputes under ICC, LCIA, SCC and Uncitral rules.
Trained Addleshaw Goddard LLP; qualified 2002; partner 2010.
College of Law, York (1999-2000 LPC); University of Leeds (1996-99 LLB Law).
Addleshaw Goddard impresses with its breadth, which covers competition enforcement work, merger control issues, competition litigation and counselling matters. Together with its London and Manchester office, the group regularly acts for national and international clients, and is also highlighted for its subsidy and investment control knowledge. Firm-wide team heads Bruce Kilpatrick and Mark Molyneux are based in London, and Elizabeth Turner is the key contact in Leeds.
The ‘first rate‘ offering at Addleshaw Goddard ‘takes no prisoners and achieves outstanding results‘. The Manchester office is a hub for leading specialists, including Susan Garrett, who leads on technology and pensions disputes; ‘force of nature‘ Nicholas Ashcroft, who oversees business protection litigation; and competition claims expert Samantha Haigh, who made partner in May 2021. Haigh’s recent promotion was just the first in a series of team developments, which also included the recruitment of Catherine Radcliffe from Provenio Litigation in November 2021, and the internal move of Jean Boldero from the firm’s restructuring department. The group continues to demonstrate ‘the strength in depth to deal with the full spectrum of issues‘, with recommended practitioners ranging from seasoned ‘stand-out‘ Mark Molyneux to legal director Clare Dwyer, to managing associate Paul Rowley.
Addleshaw Goddard‘s reputation as a go-to advisor for the full gamut of antitrust mandates ensures that a roster of major corporates instructs the team to assist with the most complex competition enforcement and merger control matters. The firm is particularly well regarded for its cutting edge work on regulated cases; in a recent example, the group was involved with the judicial review of a CMA decision made in its tribunal capacity. The London-based Bruce Kilpatrick and Mark Molyneux take the lead on advisory and litigious work, respectively. Over in Manchester, Samantha Haigh and managing associate Mark Crane are recommended.
Addleshaw Goddard fields a ‘terrific team with great attention to detail and amazing client engagement’. It acts in the full range of civil fraud claims, from initial investigations and injunctive relief issues to the prosecution of actions, and ultimately, enforcement and recovery matters. Clients include corporates, banks and high-net-worth individuals. Polly Sprenger has experience acting before the civil and criminal courts; she leads the practice together with Maria Frangeskides who is noted for being ‘very clear and concise in her advice’. Commercial disputes practitioner Mark Molyneux also handles a number of fraud cases, and Mark Chesher made partner in May 2022.
Addleshaw Goddard has a compact but dedicated competition team in London, supported by the wider firm’s network across the UK and internationally. The team has ‘the bandwidth to deal with all types of competition work’; the ‘technically excellent’ Bruce Kilpatrick is known for his expertise in merger control. Mark Molyneux heads the competition litigation practice from Manchester, while Rona Bar-Isaac has a depth of experience in complex market investigations.
Addleshaw Goddard‘s ‘nimble‘ offering leverages the firm’s international office network to represent major corporates in disputes. Technology is a sector of particular focus and growth for the group, with Lauren Hamilton standing out as a key contact for such work; the team has latterly seen surges in instruction across the core fields of transformation projects, software licensing, and data issues. London-based Mark Molyneux heads up the global disputes practice, while Bill Gilliam oversees the commercial litigation department from the Leeds office. Other recommended practitioners based in the capital include ‘brilliant thinker and strategist‘ Natasha Winter, who made partner in May 2022, and Paul Chaplin, who joined from Hogan Lovells International LLP in February of the same year.
Addleshaw Goddard‘s competition disputes practice draws considerable praise from clients, which turn to the team for its capabilities in regulatory appeals and high-stakes proceedings before the CAT and the High Court. Practice chair Mark Molyneux is a ‘superb strategist‘ who regularly handles high-stakes follow-on damages actions in a range of sectors, while the ‘brilliant‘ Bruce Kilpatrick‘s recent engagements include administrative and opt-in collective proceedings before the CAT and the CMA. Rona Bar-Isaac is noted for her ‘calm leadership and excellent judgment‘ in energy sector judicial review challenges. Paul Chaplin, who joined the team from Hogan Lovells International LLP in February 2022, specialises in cross-border group actions.
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