Mark Taggart > DWF > Belfast, Northern Ireland > Lawyer Profile

Northern Ireland
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Mark is a commercial disputes specialist with particular expertise in property disputes, professional negligence cases, debt recovery and insolvency actions, commercial contract disputes, planning and judicial review.




He advises local and national businesses and private clients on a wide range of commercial and property-related disputes in Northern Ireland and in England and Wales.

Mark’s approach is generally to be as constructive as circumstances allow, with the aim of resolving disputes with a minimum of time and cost incurred by his clients.

Clients rely on his advice in a broad range of property disputes, including landlord and tenant disputes, disputes over property rights and professional negligence claims against contractors, professional teams, managing agents and solicitors. He has also acted for developers and commercial landlords in relation to planning disputes.

A substantial part of Mark’s work is acting for local and national banks and leading insolvency practitioners in insolvency and debt matters in the High Court and Court of Appeal, which have on occasion included mis-selling and breach of duty claims in the financial services sector.

He also regularly acts in cases in which banks take action against borrowers’ solicitors and have given in-house training to banks in connection with such actions.

On the corporate side, Mark has acted in a number of shareholder disputes and post-acquisition breach of warranty claims. He has also acted for charities in relation to substantial restructuring.

As the spectrum of clients’ advisory requirements is as broad as the spheres in which they operate Mark has also acted in a range of other areas, including a tax case which resulted in a UK-wide change of HMRC guidance in relation to Transfers of Going Concerns, high value fraud cases, and for NAMA and a local bank in leading cases involving the operation of the NAMA scheme in Northern Ireland.

Lawyer Rankings

Northern Ireland > Dispute resolution

DWF is best known for its work in professional negligence claims, with additional expertise in handling contractual disputes and property and financial services litigation. Mark Taggart, who is praised for his ‘practical legal knowledge and good tactical judgement‘, sits at the helm of the practice and has been highly active in advising the Law Society of Northern Ireland on professional negligence claims, in addition to handling commercial litigation and debt recovery actions.