Mark acts for commercial, charity and private clients in all aspects of transactions involving commercial property, including development, acquisitions and disposals of freehold and leasehold property, auction sales, overage and clawback. Mark also has extensive experience in landlord and tenant work including: granting and taking new leases; assignments of existing leases; licences; the exercise of break options; and advising in connection with lease expiry and dilapidations. Mark also has experience in property management, acting for commercial retailers, private individuals and estates; and extensive corporate real estate experience, dealing with all property aspects of share and asset sales and purchases. Mark undertakes high value residential conveyancing and has acted for a number of education clients, including academy trusts and free schools, and also in connection with community renewables projects involving hydro, solar and wind power generation.

Examples of recent work

  • Advised FM Conway Limited on its acquisition of a minority interest in Toppesfield Ltd
  • Advised FM Conway Limited on its acquisitions of Berkshire Macadams Limited and United Construction Materials Limited and also dealt with the refinancing of the company’s entire property portfolio
  • Acting for the BFI in relation to its property portfolio
  • Acting for a multinational energy company in taking a lease of new London headquarters
  • Acting for an American insurance company in taking a lease of new London headquarters
  • Acting for a medical insurance company in connection with the freehold disposal of existing offices and acquisition of new offices in Leeds and taking a lease of a floor in the Shard
  • Dealing with the property elements of a number of academy conversions and the establishment of free schools, numerous rebrokerages of academies and the establishing of MATs
  • Acting for the Eden Project in connection with its property work
  • Acting for the RNIB in relation to the management of its extensive property portfolio
  • Acting for several community renewables groups in Wales in connection with leases for sites for hydro electricity generation and community groups in the West of England in connection with solar power generation projects
  • Acting for a private individual in the purchase of a West London apartment for a purchase price of £12 million

Qualifications and career

  • Durham University, LLB (Hons) Law
  • Training contract with Eversheds in Nottingham and Derby, 1998
  • Admitted as a solicitor, 2000
  • Solicitor at Macfarlanes, 2001
  • Solicitor at Boodle Hatfield, 2004
  • Joined Bates Wells Braithwaite, 2005
  • Partner at BWB, 2008

Pro bono, memberships and appointments

  • Trustee of the George Orwell Memorial Trust
  • Trustee of Mulberry Schools Trust and Governor of Mulberry School for Girls, Tower Hamlets
  • Advisor at the South West London Law Centres
  • Advises charities and not for profit organisations including through the Law Works for Community Group

Publications and lectures

  • Contributed to the property section of “The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Business Law” published by Jordans
  • Regular speaker at conferences including Charities Facilities Conference and the Charity Finance Charities Property Conference
  • Wrote for the Property Law Journal and Charity Finance