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The 36 Group
Gray's Inn, 4 Field Court

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36 Stone


Mark Jones is a barrister with a broad commercial practice, encompassing general commercial work, fraud, banking, insurance, shipping, commodities and trade.

He acts in cases before the English Courts and in arbitration, and has wide-raging experience of international arbitrations conducted under various institutional rules both in London and abroad.

He is particularly well known for his expertise in matters of shipping, commodities and international trade.  His trade practice covers both the sale or carriage of goods, and the related financial and insurance transactions. His shipping expertise extends to all corners of the shipping and offshore industries, from charterparties to salvage, from cargo claims to collisions, from ship finance to performance guarantees, and from marine insurance to general average. He has a particular specialism in shipbuilding disputes and cases about the sale of second-hand tonnage.

He also provides expert evidence on English maritime and commercial law for use in foreign proceedings and arbitrations. Before moving to the Bar, Mark trained as a litigation solicitor at Ince & Co focusing on shipping and insurance matters.

Mark sits as a Recorder (a deputy Circuit Judge) in the County Court, and accepts appointments as arbitrator.


Called to Bar 2000, Lincoln’s Inn (Kennedy Scholar); Recorder (Civil); formerly Solicitor (Ince & Co)




Winchester College (Scholar); St Edmund Hall, Oxford University (BA Hons – Jurisprudence)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Mark JonesThe 36 GroupHe sees and helps with both the legal and commercial issues -an advantage of having been a solicitor before becoming a barrister.’

Shipping and international trade set The 36 Group features extensive experience representing clients involved in maritime matters including bills of lading, charterparties, and contracts of affreightment. The set is also known for its sanctions work as well as issues arising in the offshore and energy sectors. The infamous incident of the Ever Given, a container ship which got stuck in the Suez Canal in March 2021 to much media attention, is present in both the practices of Elizabeth Blackburn KC and Vasanti Selvaratnam KC, the latter who, alongside James Shirley, is also involved in the Evergreen Marine v Nautical Challenge, the first maritime collision liability case to reach the Supreme Court. Elsewhere, Mark Jones represented commodities trader Guvnor and their cargo underwriters in Herculito Maritime Ltd & Ors v. Gunvor International BV & Ors, a case in the wake of the hijacking and holding of a tanker and crew by Somali pirates.

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Mark JonesThe 36 Group ‘Intellectually very able, he sees both the legal and commercial issues, and never has a problem answering a question.’