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Mark Hessel

Commercial Disputes

Mark is a commercial disputes litigation lawyer with a wide range of experience in most areas; from contract, partnership and joint venture disputes, all the way through to contested wills, trust and probate issues.

Mark is a litigation solicitor with a broad range of commercial litigation experience in various areas. Over the years he has built up a particular expertise in property related matters, both commercial and residential including construction, party wall and rights of light issues, occupational disputes (landlord and tenant etc.) through to breaches of contract and negligence claims. Mark has experience acting for corporates, SPVs (of various jurisdictions), high net worth individuals and SMEs. He is able to deal with all aspects of commercial dispute work and continues to take instructions on non-property related matters, such as partnership and joint venture disputes and contested wills, trust and probate issues.

Mark is known for acting on a four-man lead team in relation to the infamous Wembley Stadium litigation, where the legal costs expended by both sides totalled over £22 million. He also solely handled a Court of Appeal matter, Multiplex Constructions (UK) Ltd v Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd & Anor [2006] EWCA Civ 1834 (20 December 2006) against an earlier decision within the same litigation.

He successfully took a new point of law to the Court of Appeal in Frozen Value Ltd v Heron Foods Ltd [2012] EWCA Civ 473, and thus created a new interpretation and methodology of calculation of the “5 year rule” of who the competent landlord can be when wanting to dispute the tenant’s rights in a commercial lease renewal relying on ground (g) - intention to occupy for the landlord’s own business use.

He concluded multiple settlements over rights of light issues involving several major new developments within Central London involving developments of varying sizes between £50 to £200 million (Holborn, Strand, and Aldgate as examples).

He has handled various land registry title rectification claims over the priority of competing charges over properties, many involving fraud and negligence.

He has also acted as a solicitor agent on a professional negligence claim against architects/planning advisors for a failed development opportunity.

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