Ian Clarke QC > Chambers of Mark Warwick QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Mark Warwick QC
Selborne Chambers


Ian continues to be ranked in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 for his expertise in the core areas of his practice: Commercial, Real Estate/Property litigation, Professional negligence and Private client (wills and trusts). Rated as “one of the finest advocates; fiendishly clever, with an excellent eye for detail” and for being “calm, affable, tactically astute, and most of all a persuasive advocate”, he is also commended for building a good rapport with clients, with whom “[he] engages well…. and has his own particular style – direct, to the point and with good humour”. His practice in this jurisdiction, the Caribbean and Gibraltar involves substantial commercial contractual disputes; issues of fraud, trusts/probate, insolvency and professional negligence and conflict of laws. He also regularly undertakes instructions relating to land (especially on land registration matters) and mortgages (on which he co-edits one of the two practitioner texts). He has acted as an expert in foreign proceedings. He has been a part-time judge since 2004 and a fellow of the CIArb since 1997. His practice includes appearing in arbitrations and sitting as an arbitrator. He is on the QICCA Panel of Arbitrators. He also has extensive experience of acting as a mediator, particularly in real property and insolvency matters.


Called 1990 Lincoln’s Inn; Silk 2016. Publications: Wolstenholme & Cherry’s Annotated Land Registration Act 2002 (2003 Sweet & Maxwell) co-author on The Law of Mortgages (2nd – 4th editions, Sweet & Maxwell).


Chancery Bar Association; Property Bar Association; Professional Negligence Bar Association; Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists; Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners.


University of Newcastle upon Tyne (LLB Hons).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Property litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 5

Ian Clarke QCSelborne ChambersUser friendly, bright, pragmatic

Selborne Chambers combines broad real property expertise with a ‘truly fantastic‘ landlord and tenant offering, with members handling complex cases in areas including rights to light, easements, adverse possession, and trespass, alongside estates and development disputes, lease renewals, and breach of covenant cases. Jonathan McNae acted for the successful manager in the  Canary Riverside Estate Management Limited & others v Coates & Circus Apartments Limited case, a long-running dispute between owner, landlord, and tenants including the creation of a confidentiality club. Mark Warwick QC maintains a leading practice across real property and landlord and tenant cases, and appeared for the appellant before the Court of Appeal in Dhillon v Barclays Bank plc & the Chief Land Registrar, a Land Registration Act case concerning whether, for the purposes of paragraph 3(3) of Schedule 4 to the Land Registration Act 2002, there were exceptional circumstances which justified the Court not making an order rectifying the land register in the wake of a mortgage fraud. Nicholas Trompeter QC took silk in 2021, and was involved in the Supreme Court test case Hurstwood Properties (A) Ltd v Rossendale Borough Council, concerning schemes designed to avoid the payment of national non-domestic rates on empty properties by leasing them to SPVs, acting for the respondents. Ian Clarke QC acted for the successful defendant in Richards v Harvey, a case concerning a high-value contractual claim relating to the sale of units at a development.

London Bar > Private client: trusts and probate

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Ian Clarke QCSelborne ChambersIan is a fierce litigator with a fantastic intellectual mind. His analytical mind is a force to be reckoned with.