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Mark Phillips QC

Tel:
Work 020 7696 9900
Email:
Web:
www.southsquare.com
South Square (South Square)

Position

Mark Phillips QC is Company and Insolvency Silk of the year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2018. Mark’s clients have included liquidators, directors, sportsmen, sports clubs, the Football League and the Governor of the Bank of England.

Mark is an advocate with over 30 years’ experience, 20 of which have been as Silk.  He successfully represented the GT Liquidators in the Saad fraud trial that lasted for 129 days in Court over 12 months.  His trial advocacy includes successfully defending the Bank of England against the claim made arising out of its regulation of BCCI (a trial that lasted 2 years).  His current cases include representing Lehman US (LBHI), and the receivers of Blackpool FC.

Mark has led or appeared in several cases in the House of Lords and Supreme Court (Lehman’s Pensions appeal; Toshoku Finance, Paramount Airways, Leyland Daf, Sher v Policyholders Protection Board and Bank of England).  Mark’s first appearance in the Court of Appeal was at the start of his practice in 1986 in the ground-breaking case, West Mercia Safetywear v Dodd.

Mark also has an extensive sports law practice.  He was involved in the establishment of the Premier League for the “big 5 clubs” and has appeared at several disciplinary and regulatory hearings.  He has appeared for Lewis Hamilton in relation to several matters including the “Ferrari Gate” hearing (that attracted the headline “QC saves Hamilton”).

Career

Called 1984; QC 1999; appointed Recorder 2000.

Member

International Insolvency Institute; Insolvency Lawyers’ Association (Past President); Association of Business Recovery Professionals (Fellow and past Council Member); INSOL International; INSOL Europe; Commercial Bar Association; Chancery Bar Association.

Education

Bristol University (1982 LLB; 1983 LLM).


London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Leading Silks

Mark Phillips QC - South SquareAn excellent silk for heavy litigation, especially where you know you're in for a scrap.

Within: Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

South Square has an excellent reputation for handling technically challenging and knotty banking issues, often with an insolvency and fraud angle. The credit crunch saw the set's members embark on an impressive run of high-profile mandates, which continues to this day. Highlight instructions include Primeo Fund v HSBC, in which Tom Smith QC and Richard Fisher represented Primeo before the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal, the Lehman Waterfall I, II, and III applications, and SAAD v AHAB, which involves several members including Mark Phillips QC. William Trowers QC has recently been appointed a High Court judge and assigned to the Chancery Division.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Leading Silks

Mark Phillips QC - South SquareA force of energy and enthusiasm, he takes a client's problem and really makes it his own.

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Fraud: civil

Within: Leading Silks

Mark Phillips QC - South SquareA titan of litigation, he ran rings around his highly regarded opponent.

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Insolvency

Within: Leading Silks

Mark Phillips QC - South SquareHe has a profound knowledge of insolvency law and, when required, dominates the courtroom.

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