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Mark is a Director and is Head of Dispute Resolution. Mark specialises in Property, Commercial and Employment litigation.

He practises litigation in the County Court, High Court and specialist Tribunals; conducting his own advocacy as appropriate.

Property litigation

Mark’s regular caseload include Landlord and Tenant claims for both residential and commercial properties under the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954. He deals with rent arrears and other tenancy breaches that can lead to forfeiture action. He also works with surveyors on end of tenancy claims, including dilapidations.

Agricultural property disputes are also included including tenancy claims arising out of the Agricultural Holdings Act or Farm Business Tenancies; and notices to quit.

Mark also acts on behalf of parties seeking advice on boundary disputes and enquiries concerning rights of way; as well as nuisance and harassment.

Commercial litigation

Mark acts for commercial clients around the UK as part of the Business Services Team, especially Scottish clients seeking advice on matters within the English jurisdiction.

As well as commercial property disputes set out above, Mark deals with contractual disputes between companies (including contested debt recovery). He also has a niche interest in defamation law and insolvency advice.

Employment

As part of the employment team Mark acts for both employers and employees, ensuring a broad foundation of knowledge to assist all clients. He particularly deals with employment issues that are litigated in the County Court and proceedings in the Employment Tribunal.

Mediation

Mark is a trained mediator and Civil Mediation Council Associate Mediator (Civil & Commercial).  You can read about Mark’s mediation practice here.

About Mark

Mark graduated from the University of Essex in 2007 with a degree in English & European Laws, also obtaining a diploma from Université Paris X (Nanterre) as part of his undergraduate studies. He has subsequently also obtained a Masters degree in Advanced Legal Practice from the University of Central Lancashire (2015).

He completed his training contract at Cartmell Shepherd and on qualification in 2010 joined the Dispute Resolution team. He was made an associate in 2015 and became a director in 2017.

Away from work, Mark volunteers with the St John Ambulance and is a volunteer official at motorsport events around the country. He also sings with the “Abbey Singers” choir in Carlisle.

Mark’s Approach

Mark is a committed litigator who involves himself fully in cases so that, where appropriate, he will handle trial advocacy himself in the full knowledge of the case.

His advice has been described as “straight forward” and he always tries to avoid “legalese”.

Whilst Mark is ready and willing to take matters to trial, he recognises the benefits of early settlement and is a strong supporter of Alternative Dispute Resolution. His training a mediator directly benefits clients when entering into a mediation themselves. He agrees with many clients that the only winner following a trial is very often the lawyers, and will encourage clients to engage in settlement discussions at the earliest appropriate time in an attempt to resolve matters amicably.

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Franchisor granted injunction to prevent use of confidential data 

May 5th 2022

A letting boards management franchisor has been granted an injunction to prevent a former franchisee from using confidential data. Mark Aspin Head of Dispute Resolution reports on this recent case. However, it was unable to prevent the former franchisee from setting up a competing business in the area.  The case involved Countrywide…

Covid testing company granted injunction against employee

October 18th 2021

A company that provides Covid testing equipment has been granted an injunction to prevent a former employee from working for a rival business for a period specified in a restrictive covenant. Mark Aspin Head of Dispute Resolution reports on this recent case. The case involved Source Bioscience UK Ltd, part of a…

Director didn’t breach duty over employee bonus in company transfer

September 2nd 2021

A director didn’t breach his legal duty when he gave an employee an enhanced bonus entitlement shortly before a takeover involving the transfer of employment contracts. Mark Aspin Head of Dispute Resolution reports on this recent case: That was the decision of the High Court in a case involving Reader v…

Father granted access to business records in family dispute

August 16th 2021

A father has been granted access to information concerning the family businesses of which he was a director. Mark Aspin Director & Head of Dispute Resolution reports on this recent case. The issue arose because he was in dispute with his son and daughter-in-law, who were also directors. The family…

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