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Mark Sutton

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Clyde & Co LLP


Mark has extensive experience acting on coverage and defence disputes in the directors & officers and financial lines insurance and reinsurance markets. Mark's work frequently involves an international or offshore element, including cross-border disputes. He specialises in large claims against directors, financial institutions, corporate trustees, Lloyd's brokers, wealth management firms, asset managers, stock brokers, corporate services providers, insolvency practitioners, tax advisors and accountants.

Mark’s insurance experience covers D&O, PTL, POSI, financial institution risks, including Bankers’ Blanket Bond, Crime, Civil Liability claims and regulatory investigations. He frequently represents Insurers in declaratory proceedings and at arbitration. He also advises on policy wording including international programme arrangements

Mark regularly acts in a defence capacity in respect of complex claims against financial professionals, many of which have been credit crunch driven. He has also acted in relation to disputes arising from unregulated collective investment schemes, which has engaged numerous aspects of the FSMA regulatory regime, as well as consequential FCA disciplinary investigations. Mark’s experience includes advising on all of the major product mis-selling issues experienced by the retail financial services industry.

Mark is highly rated in Legal 500 UK for financial lines and D&O.


Qualified 2000. Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP 2000 – 2010, including a full time secondment to Markel International for 1.5 years; partner DAC Beachcroft LLP 2010 – 2015; partner Clyde & Co LLP 2015 to date.


Law Society of England and Wales

London: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

With a ‘richly deserved reputation’, Clyde & Co LLP is a ‘leader in the field of professional negligence’ and defends claims against all classes of professionals in the UK and worldwide. Its advice is ‘excellent and pragmatic’ and it ‘deals with the other side courteously, firmly and clearly’. The London team, which works closely with the firm's Manchester, Oxford, Leeds and recently opened Bristol offices, is led by Andrew Blair, who is ‘completely unflappable, highly respected and has a flair for imaginative thinking in terms of resolving complex claims’. Tom White defends claims against professionals in the property, construction and IT sectors and successfully defended CBRE in relation to a claim by Dunfermline Building Society arising out of a 2007 valuation of a residential development site in Reading. Sarah Clover, who is ‘technically excellent, responsive and gets to grips with the detail of a case’, specialises in lawyers' professional liability, and Richard Harrison, who heads the lawyers’ liability group, specialises in all areas of claims against English solicitors and barristers. Neil Jamieson, who is ‘diligent, meticulous and known for his mastery of case detail’, defends solicitors, accountants, actuaries and surveyors against claims; construction liability group head Richard Moody has a ‘proven commercial and technical track record’; Simon Konsta defends claims against property, accounting and technology professionals; Stuart Hall represents accountants, financial institutions and D&O insurers; James Roberts heads the accountants' liability group; and Fergal Cathie, who is ‘robust, resolute and good in a fight’, handles complex disputes and regulatory investigations involving professionals in the legal and financial services sectors. Mark Sutton, who is ‘excellent at the technical detail’, Bryn Hodges, Helen Rowlands, Jonathan Brown and of counsel Andrew Forsyth are also recommended, as are senior associates May Ahmed and William Glynn, and legal directors Chris Dunlop, Karen Boto and Nicole McKinnon. Notable hires include Tim Crockford from Gowling WLG, and Mandip Sagoo and Angus Duncan from Mayer Brown International LLP. Ian Peacock, who joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, and John Eastlake, who joined from Kennedys, are based in Bristol.

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