Mark Phillips QC QC 1999, Called to the Bar 1984

Mark Phillips QC is an experienced Silk who guides large companies and high-profile individuals through complex commercial and sporting challenges. His clients have included the Governor of the Bank of England, UEFA and the Football League as well as liquidators, directors, sportsmen and premier sports clubs and he was named as Company/Insolvency Silk of the Year by Chambers and Partners in 2018.

Mark operates at the highest level and has over thirty years winning complex cases in the highest courts.  His 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.  Subsequently, he has led or has appeared in many cases in the House of Lords and Supreme Court including the Lehman’s Pensions appeal, Toshoku Finance, Paramount Airways, Leyland Daf, Sher v Policyholders Protection Board and Three Rivers District Council v the Governor and Company of the Bank of England.

Mark is especially well known for his tenacity in cross examination and resilience during long trials.  He successfully defended the Bank of England in a two-year trial against the claim made arising out of its regulation of BCCI and defended the GT Liquidators in the Saad fraud trial that lasted for 129 days in Court over 12 months.

Mark also has a high-profile sports law practice.  He was involved in the establishment of the Premier League for the “big 5 clubs”.  In 2013 he advised the chairman of the FA on changes that could be made in English Football to help the England Team win a major championship.  He has appeared at several disciplinary and regulatory hearings.  He prosecuted Manchester City on behalf of UEFA, and Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County on behalf of the Football League and has appeared for Lewis Hamilton in relation to several matters including the “Ferrari Gate” hearing. He has assisted with the future of football regulation and the EFL’s covid task force.

Mark is often quoted in the business press and in industry forums in relation to the government’s response to businesses support during the Covid pandemic.  He produced the Administration Consent Protocol and is assisting Back to Business UK.  He is active on social media and has spoken at several international conferences on how to  help small to medium sized businesses to deal with debt acquired during the covid period.  His views are sought by  policy makers, industry leaders and decision-makers around the world.

 

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