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‘s retail and consumer team gains its reputation from high-end strategic work but is also adept at handling the full suite of business-as-usual issues. The team, which is jointly headed by M&A specialist Andrew Rosling and contentious expert Mark Molyneux, acts for a wide-ranging portfolio of clients from across the retail and consumer spectrum, from FTSE 100 businesses to medium-sized enterprises, spanning high-street retailers, fast-moving consumer goods companies and household brands. With the London office working closely with the firm’s Leeds and Manchester hubs, the department has shone in high-value corporate transactions, real estate deals and complex contentious work. Stationed in Leeds, James Tatro routinely advises food and drink manufacturers and brand owners on strategic investments, acquisitions and disposals, while in London, Rona Bar-Isaac is well-versed in competition law as it applies to retailers.
With ‘impressive partners and highly motivated associates‘, Addleshaw Goddard acts for both claimants and defendants in complex litigation. Mark Molyneux leads the national disputes practice following the departure of London head Louisa Caswell to Dentons in November 2021. Recently promoted partner Lauren Hamilton is a key contact for technology disputes, and the ‘very commercially astute‘ Maria Frangeskides (who joined from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP in early 2021) is popular among investment fund clients.
Addleshaw Goddard demonstrates ‘depth of knowledge of both commercial litigation and competition law‘, advising on follow-on damages claims and regulatory appeals. The group operates on a cross-practice basis and includes competition lead Bruce Kilpatrick and Manchester-based litigation head Mark Molyneux. Recently-promoted partner Samantha Haigh, who is also based in Manchester, is experienced in abuse of dominance claims.
Disputes head Mark Molyneux leads the team at Addleshaw Goddard, which is particularly well-known for professional negligence work across the banking, construction and general commercial litigation sectors. The practice acts for UK clearing banks, international banks, and other financial services providers, and has experience acting for lender clients in negligence and fraud claims against solicitors and surveyors. Recent instructions have involved claims arising from defective cladding and fire safety legislation compliance. Victoria Pool is noted for her expertise in the insurance dynamics of professional negligence claims.
Addleshaw Goddard‘s Manchester-based team has ‘the bandwidth to deal with the big-ticket litigation whilst having the human touch that inspires confidence’. The group counts competition litigation as a growth area, for which national practice head Mark Molyneux and legal director Samantha Haigh are names to note; it is currently acting for the Road Haulage Association in the high-profile truck litigation follow on damages claim before the CAT. Procurement disputes are among the team’s other specialisms, for which legal director Clare Dwyer and managing associate Paul Rowley are noted, while Susan Garrett (who has particular experience in disputes concerning offshore jurisdictions including Mauritius and Jersey) excels in IT disputes and leads the firm’s e-disputes practice. The group also has a growing business protection group led by Nicholas Ashcroft, who works alongside the firm’s employment team to advise on the prevention of unlawful competition, enforcement of restrictive covenants and protection of employer’s confidential information. The disputes practice has notable cross-border experience which includes a specialist Africa Business Group and international arbitration expertise.
Addleshaw Goddard handles complex and high value competition enforcement, merger control, and competition litigation, working closely with its national teams on major cases, including high-profile CMA investigations in the retail, pharmaceutical, and funeral services sectors. The team includes Mark Molyneux, who is regularly involved in competition litigation, including several follow-on damages cases, and managing associate Mark Crane, who advises and represents clients across a range of competition and regulatory matters. Managing associate David Milne advises on phase 1 and in-depth phase 2 merger enquiries. Rona Bar-Isaac also divides her time between London and Manchester, and is a highly regarded competition practitioner.
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- Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester
- Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax
- Public sector > Health
- Employment > Health and safety
- Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms
- Public sector > Local government
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment
- Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Real estate > Property litigation
- Private client > Contentious trusts and probate
- Employment > Employment
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- Real estate > Planning and environment
- Insurance > Professional negligence
- Private client > Charities and not-for-profit