Mark Taylor (2015)

Barrister & Mediator

Mark Taylor joined Invictus Chambers in October 2016 after successfully completing his pupillage under the supervision of Ken Rogers.

Mark focuses primarily upon contested chancery, company and commercial matters.

PRACTICE AREAS

Mark accepts instructions in all areas of traditional chancery and has represented clients in High Court proceedings in this area. His experience includes:

Wills, Estates and Chancery

Representation and advice regarding breach of trust;

Advising firms upon the use of trust instruments to achieve tax efficiency;

Issuing and defending Inheritance act claims;

Successfully applying for the removal of Personal Representatives;

Issuing and defending undue influence proceedings;

Issuing and defending capacity-based and execution-based proceedings;

Successfully achieving judgment applications in Part 8 claims;

General executor advice.

Land & Property

Issuing and defending complex right of way and boundary disputes;

Representation at leasehold enfranchisement hearings;

Advising upon the removal of restrictive covenants in commercial land;

Defending breach of option-to-purchase proceedings;

Various aspects of leasehold instructions, including advising, issuing and defending conveyance-related professional negligence claims.

 

Mark’s practice also focuses upon company and commercial law. His experiences include:

Company

Advising upon, drafting pleadings for, negotiating about and winding up an insolvent foreign-exchange outfit;

Representation at the High Court in contested winding-up proceedings;

Successfully resolving complex shareholder and partnership disputes;

Transmission and transferring shares to non-UK domiciled beneficiaries.

Commercial

Advising and representing clients in the High Court for building/contractual disputes;

Issuing and defending proceedings in High Court building/contractual disputes;

Successfully applying for commercial injunctions and relief from sanctions;

Defending clients for breach of personal securities;

Advising upon the merits of breaches of contract in an employment agency setting between agent and institution;

Representation at trials regarding agency, shadow directorship and corporate persona.

 

ADR

In a time where alternative dispute resolution is becoming ever-more important as a method for resolving disputes, Mark is looking to develop his skills as a civil and commercial mediator.

BACKGROUND

Mark previously enjoyed a career as an English teacher in inner-city Bristol Schools. During his legal retraining, Mark volunteered as a case manager and advocate at the Avon & Bristol Law Centre on a range of welfare-related matters. This role included the drafting of appeal submissions for the Upper Tribunal and he continues to work with the Law Centre on a pro-bono basis in order to develop the projects he worked on as a student. In particular, Mark is continuing to support the nationally documented LASP project and is also helping to implement a homelessness appeal project based upon his assistance in drafting section 202 appeals during his first six.

Mark gained three years experience working on serious crime cases in preparation for applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission as a member of the Innocence Project. This developed Mark’s ability to analyse and synthesise large amounts of evidence in complicated criminal cases.

Mark contributes to the Invictus Chambers blog on a range of legal matters.

Qualifications & Awards

  • BPTC, Outstanding
  • LLB (Hons)
  • PGCE
  • BA (Hons)
  • ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator

Professional Memberships

  • Gray’s Inn
  • Discrimination Law Association