Mark Anderson QC > Chambers of Adrian Keeling QC and Jonathan Jones QC > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Adrian Keeling QC and Jonathan Jones QC
No5 Barristers Chambers
B4 6DR

Work Department

Chancery and Commercial Dispute Resolution


Mark Anderson QC has a wide-ranging practice covering business and property disputes of all kinds. He specialises in particular in company and partnership disputes (including share and business sale agreements) and in the professional negligence of lawyers, accountants and surveyors. He also has expertise in a wide range of fields from commercial property, financial services, intellectual property, defamation in the business arena and competition law.

Mark sits part-time as a Judge of the High Court (Chancery Division) having been authorised by the Chancellor under section 9(1) of the Senior Courts Act 1981.

Mark is Head of No5 Chambers

Cases include Barratt v Treatt plc [2015] EWCA Civ 116; Ghura v Dalal [2015]EWHC 605 (Ch); Palmer v Muir [2014] EWCA Civ 309; Adams v Allen & Overy [2014] EWHC 53 (Ch); Coppage v Freedom Security Solutions [2013] EWCA Civ 1176; Ramzan v Brookwide Ltd [2011] EWCA Civ 985; [2012] 1 All E.R. 903; [2011] 2 P. & C.R. 22; [2011] N.P.C. 95; Summers v Havard [2011] EWCA Civ 764; [2011] 2 Lloyd’s Rep. 283; Delaney v Chen [2010] EWCA Civ 1455; [2011] B.P.I.R. 39; Bailey v Wood [2009] EWHC 363 (Ch); Finning UK Limited v Inveresk [2007] EWCA Civ 1563; Chater v Mortgage Agency Services Limited [2003] HLR 61; [2004] 1 P & CR 4; [2003] 15 EG 138 (CS); (2003) 147 SJLB 417; [2003] NPC 48; [2003] 2 P & CR DG9; Lowe v Guise [2002] QB 136; [2002] 3 All ER 454; Sutherland v Hatton [2002] 2 All ER 1; [2002] ICR 613; [2002] IRLR 263; [2002] Emp LR 288; [2002] PIQR P21; Lawrence v Chief Constable [2000] PIQR Q349; Birmingham Joinery Ltd v Phillips (1999, CA); Monnington v Bonnells Elecrical Contractors Ltd (1999, CA); Mansfield v Weetabix [1998] 1 WLR 1263; [1998] RTR 390; [1997] PIQR P526; Friend & Co v Lee & Jackson (1998, CA); PSM International v Whitehouse [1993] IRLR 279; Mills v Silver [1991] Ch 271.


Called to the Bar 1983; Recorder 2002; QC 2010; authorised to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge, Chancery Division, 2013.


Can read French


Chancery Bar Association; Professional Negligence Bar Association; Midland CHancery & Commercial Bar Association (Chairman 2011 – 2015).


BA (Oxon).

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Company and insolvency

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Mark Anderson QCNo5 Barristers ChambersCalm and measured in approach; he brings intelligence and gravitas to all his cases.

No5 Barristers Chambers is home to a company and insolvency team with a strong presence in some of the region’s most complex cases. Mohammed Zaman QC and Mark Anderson QC are highly recommended for complex shareholder and director disputes, with Zaman QC having recently defended the former chairman of Northampton Football Club in relation to alleged breaches of fiduciary duty and preferential payments worth in excess of £4m, and Anderson QC representing a client asserting a beneficial interest in the shares of a series of property companies that had been sold off in a time of mental health difficulties. On the insolvency side, Yasmin Yasseri is highly recommended, along with Shakil Najib and Paul Dean.

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Chancery, probate, and tax

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Mark Anderson QCNo5 Barristers ChambersHe has a knack of finding the angle everyone else had missed, and navigates a clear course through the most complex of cases.

No5 Barristers Chambers houses a strong Chancery team, praised by clients for its ‘good strength in depth of counsel and very efficient and reliable clerking‘. The set houses counsel at a wide range of seniority levels, with complex cases covered by members such as head of chambers Mark Anderson QC, while at the junior end practitioners such as Imogen Halstead are beginning to build up considerable bodies of work in this area. Inheritance issues remain a key area of work for the team, with barristers such as Louise Corfield and Angus Burden focusing heavily on such matters, with Burden having recently advised on cases involving the treatment of matrimonial and non-matrimonial property, alleged capacity issue and improperly prepared wills.

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Mark Anderson QCNo5 Barristers ChambersHe has the ability to see through the most complex set of facts and get to the crux of the matter with great clarity and precision.

No5 Barristers Chambers‘ ‘approachable, sensible, and commercial‘ professional negligence team is a key player in central England, with Mark Anderson QC receiving several prominent solicitors’ negligence instructions, such as his recent representation of 25 claimants who had been taken in by an equity release scam involving the conveyancing of their homes,  which they viewed as a breach of their solicitors’ fiduciary duties. On the junior end, David Mitchell recently represented two claimants who had purchased a property without being informed of the possibility that mining rights were held by a third party, in concurrent claims for fraud against the owners and for negligence against their solicitors.

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Property and construction

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Mark Anderson QCNo5 Barristers ChambersQuickly distils even the most complex of cases to their fundamentals and helps navigate a clear course.

No5 Barristers Chambers is home to a collection of property barristers with ‘strength and depth at all levels of call‘. Sources of instructions include landlord and tenant matters, easement and boundary disputes, and development disputes involving restrictive covenants. Mark Anderson QC recently successfully represented the lenders in a claim for possession of a £2m property which had been pledged as a security for a loan to be used for commercial property investment. David Taylor is also frequently instructed in high-value possession claims, such as his recent representation of crowd-funded loan platform Saving Stream in a claim for possession of a mixed commercial and residential building. At the more junior end of chambers, Imogen Halstead s building up a substantial property practice including trust claims, tenancy disputes, and easements.

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Mark Anderson QCNo5 Barristers ChambersIn court, every submission is deployed with just the right amount of weight and colour.

No5 Barristers Chambers  is notable for its strength in a wide range  of commercial litigation matters. Head of chambers Mark Anderson QC is highly recommended for investment disputes, having recently represented a client who had received £18m from a member of a Malaysian royal family for investment into a joint venture, with the return of that sum now being claimed for by the royal.  From the set’s junior ranks, Paul Dean brings an engineering background to more technology-heavy cases.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Mark Anderson QCNo5 Barristers ChambersHe is a brilliant silk.