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Mark West

| Call 1987

Profile: Overview

Mark has a broad Chancery practice with an emphasis on property litigation, trust and estate disputes and related professional liability claims. He has appeared in such high-profile claims as the interest rate swaps litigation and the Railtrack Private Shareholders Action Group litigation against the Secretary of State for Transport and the Department of Transport.


Experience and Expertise

Mark West has a busy general Chancery practice and is consistently recommended by the legal directories for traditional Chancery and property litigation expertise. In July 2012 he was appointed as a Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber), sitting on a part-time basis between 15 and 30 days a year. In From February 2013 to January 2018 he was appointed a Member of the Council of the Inns of Court Disciplinary Tribunal (now the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service) and has sat as a Visitor to the Inns of Court.


Cases and Work of Note







Chancery Bar Association (Treasurer 2012-2016, former Seminar Secretary and Committee Member from 2005-2016); Professional Negligence Bar Association; Property Bar Association; Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists; Bar Pro Bono Unit Panel; Member of the Chancery Litigants in Person Support Scheme.



Modern Privileges (the application of the doctrine of privileged military wills to modern combat conditions) (September 2016) Trust Quarterly Review 21

Just as they did during the world wars, when faced with novel questions of mass conscription

and the impact of aerial warfare, so the courts should, when faced with modern cyber-warfare and enemies of a type not seen before, interpret the terms of s11 of the 1837 Act to maintain the privilege for serving soldiers


A Sporting Chance: is there a right to use sporting and recreational facilities? (19th February 2016) New Law Journal 11

Adverse possession, illegality and land registration: the balancing of conflicting public policies (2015) Conveyancer 432

The Dangers of Appropriation: A Trap for the Unwary (2015) 31 Journal of Professional Negligence 140

Section 5 of the Limitation Act 1980 and Restitutionary Claims for Money Had and Received (2011) 30 Civil Justice Quarterly 366

The Ownership of Surface Voids Created by Mineral Extraction (2011) Conveyancer 30

Breach of Warranty of Authority in Solicitors' Liability Claims (with Professor Francis Reynolds) (2009) 25 Journal of Professional Negligence 131

Know Your Limits: Trustees' Mistakes under the Limitation Act (2007) 86 Trusts & Estates Law Journal 12

Swaps & Local Authorities: A Mistake? (with Catherine Newman Q.C.) in Swaps & Off-Exchange Derivatives Trading: Law & Regulation (edited by Bettelheim, Parry & Rees) (FT Law & Tax, 1996)

Other Points of Interest Part of DTI team under Hilary Heilbron QC & Michael Boohan FCA appointed to inquire into the affairs of Blue Arrow Plc (Blue Arrow II) (report published September 1992).

Member of joint Bar Council/Law Society working party appointed to review the civil justice system: Report "Civil Justice on Trial, The Case for Change", published June 1993

Contributing editor to Lloyd's Law Reports (Professional Negligence) 1999-2003


Other Details

VAT Registration Number: 524081963 Bar Membership Number: 22204


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"Mark West impresses sources with his resolute approach to advocacy and complete determination: He never gives up a point while there is still some fight in it. According to peers, he provides a genuinely first-class, efficient service for his clients and for instructing solicitors.”

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