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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.

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. 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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Husband and wife lose £40,000 deposit in failed company purchase

April 24th 2019

By Mark Aspin Director & Head of Dispute Resolution A husband and wife who tried to buy a business have lost their £40,000 deposit after the High Court ruled they could not claim a refund when the deal fell through. The couple wanted to buy a waste collection company. They…

When “in jeopardy” ruling rescued hospitality business hit by COVID-19

August 13th 2020

LAWYERS have won a landmark ruling in an insolvency case of a hospitality business hit by the COVID-19 pandemic which brings new legal meaning to “in jeopardy”. The case, won by the Dispute Resolution team at leading legal firm Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors, involved a West Cumbrian business which took two…

Director ordered to pay £20,000 after breaching his duties

May 13th 2019

By Mark Aspin Director A director has been ordered to pay £20,000 for breaching his legal duties shortly before his company went into liquidation. The director had run a freight-forwarding company from 2011 until its voluntary liquidation in 2015. He had been the sole shareholder. His father had previously been…

New insolvency law prevents petition against High Street retailer

July 21st 2020

A landlord has been prevented from presenting a winding-up petition against a High Street retailer which had been unable to pay its rent as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. By Mark Aspin Director & Head of Dispute Resolution The High Court ruled that such a petition would be likely…