Mark Phillips QC QC 1999, Called to the Bar 1984

Mark Phillips QC has been awarded Company and Insolvency Silk of the year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2018.

Mark  is an advocate with over 30 years’ experience, 19 of which have been as Silk.  He recently successfully represented the GT Liquidators of SICL and Singularis in the Saad fraud trial brought by AHAB (of Saudi Arabia) 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 – Three Rivers (a trial that lasted 2 years).  Other trial work includes leading for the liquidators of Rangers FC in the successful recovery claim against the professionals involved in the acquisition of the club, and for the liquidators of Chesterfield and Partridge in their recovery claim against Deutsche Bank.  His current cases include representing the Madoff Trustee and Lehman US (LBHI).

In the House of Lords and Supreme Court Mark led in the Lehman’s Pensions appeal and in Toshoku Finance, and appeared in Paramount Airways, Leyland Daf, Sher v Policyholders Protection Board and Three Rivers.  In the Court of Appeal Mark established that directors of insolvent companies had a duty to have regard to the interests of creditors in the ground-breaking case, West Mercia Safetywear v Dodd.  He also appeared in Re; Esal Commodities, Re: Jokai Tea Trading and more recently he led for the appellants in the Northern Rock case.

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 hearings for Arsenal and its players.  He has appeared for Lewis Hamilton in relation to several matters including the “Ferrari Gate” hearing (that attracted the headline “QC saves Hamilton”).

Mark’s clients have included liquidators, directors, sportsmen, sports clubs, the Football League and the Governor of the Bank of England.


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