Mark Jones has a broad commercial practice encompassing commercial litigation and arbitration. His work covers international trade, shipping, commodities, energy, insurance, and related banking instruments and guarantees. Most of his work involves an international component.
He acts in arbitrations both in London and abroad, and appears regularly in the English Courts, including the specialist Commercial Court, Admiralty Court and the Court of Appeal. During the last couple of years, he has been instructed to act as sole counsel for clients on appeals to the Court of Appeal on 4 occasions. In many of his cases, Mark is and has been pitted against leading QCs.
He also provides expert evidence on English maritime and commercial law for use in foreign proceedings.
Before commencing his career at the Bar, Mark trained as a solicitor at Ince & Co focusing on shipping, trade, insurance and general commercial litigation and arbitration.
Mark has been recommended in both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 as a leading barrister for a number of years, with the more recent editions commenting:
- 'He is frighteningly intelligent and has great people skills. I think he is a class act and the kind of person destined to take silk.' (Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2017)
- 'Excellent to work with; his analysis of cases is second to none.’ (Legal 500 2016)
- 'A respected barrister who handles a wide range of shipping matters, but who is particularly adept at shipbuilding and ship sale disputes.' (Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2016)
- 'He is solid and reliable and a very sound practitioner.' (Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2016)
- 'He has a great deal of understanding of where a case is and how to deal with it from a practical point of view.' (Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2016)
- 'His advice is always very clear and precise.' (Legal 500 2015)
- 'His experience as a solicitor helps in understanding the client's perspective.' (Legal 500 2015)
- 'He is particularly noted for his expertise in shipbuilding and marine insurance disputes.' (Chambers & Partner UK Bar 2015)
- 'He has been a solicitor before so he appreciates the client's perspective more easily than barristers who don't have the same experience.' (Chambers & Partner UK Bar 2015)
- 'He is very energetic and not in the least bit fazed by coming up against top QCs.' (Chambers & Partner UK Bar 2015)
- 'Efficient and effective.' (Legal 500 2014)
- 'He is very friendly, and easy to deal with.' 'What we like about his work is that it is very well structured, science-based and thorough, but also intelligible and to the point.' (Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2014)
- Mark Jones is noted for his 'great analytical mind' (Legal 500 2013)
- Mark Jones concentrates his commercial practice on both dry and wet shipping disputes. Before joining the Bar he was a solicitor at Ince & Co, and 'because of that background he has a good understanding of front line litigation, which is invaluable.' (Chambers & Partners 2013)
- Mark Jones is 'a very knowledgeable, sharply minded and skilful barrister' (Legal 500 2012)
- Mark Jones joins the rankings this year following exceptional feedback from the market. Previously a solicitor with Ince & Co, he has valuable experience and a strong client base to draw from. Sources say: 'He is an effective operator with a great sense of humour.' (Chambers & Partners 2012)
- Mark Jones pays 'phenomenal attention to detail and gives prompt and pragmatic advice.' (Legal 500 2011)
- Mark Jones 'is noted for his expertise in shipbuilding and ship purchasing disputes' (Legal 500 2010)
Education & Qualifications
1988-1993 Winchester College (Scholar)
1994-1997 Oxford University: BA (Hons) Jurisprudence
1997-1998 College of Law (London): Legal Practice Course
1998-2000 Ince & Co
2000 Called to the Bar (Lincoln's Inn, Kennedy Scholar)
2001+ Stone Chambers, now St Philips Stone Chambers
Mark was a scholar at Winchester College before going on to study Law at Oxford University (St Edmund Hall), graduating in 1997. He completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in London, and then spent 2 years training as a solicitor at Ince & Co, London, specialising in shipping, trade, insurance and general commercial litigation. Mark moved to the Bar in 2000, and was awarded a Kennedy Scholarship by Lincoln's Inn. He completed his 1st 6 months of pupillage at Essex Court Chambers (Gordon Pollock QC) and his 2nd 6 months at Stone Chambers (Steven Gee QC). He joined Stone Chambers as a tenant in 2001, now St Philips Stone Chambers.
Professional Memberships & Affiliations
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – Member (MCIArb)
London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Young International Arbitration Group and European Users' Council
London Maritime Arbitrators' Association (LMAA), Supporting Member
Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR)
London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association (LCLCBA)
British Maritime Law Association (BMLA)
London Shipping Law Centre (LSLC)
Association of Average Adjusters (AAA)
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