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Mark Needham

Senior Associate at Bargate Murray

London, United Kingdom
Law Practice
  1. Bargate Murray,
  2. Cork Gully LLP
  1. The College of Law
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Senior Associate at UK Shipping & Maritime Law Firm of the Year 2014 and Boutique Law firm of the Year 2014, Bargate Murray.

Acting for a largely international client base, I have a broad contentious and non-contentious practice ranging from complex, high value, commercial court litigation and arbitration to the sale, purchase and construction of ships and superyachts of values in excess of £200m.

My contentious practice includes International Arbitration (including arbitration on LMAA terms), High Court and Commercial Court Litigation and alternative dispute resolution including mediation and expert determination. Reported cases include:

- Street v Larkins [2013] EWHC 1408 (Ch) – Successfully defending an application for a freezing induction in the trial window; Successful application for costs thrown away by a refusal to agree to an adjournment of a trial.

-Madoff Securities v Stephen Raven & Ors [2011] EWHC 3102 (Comm) - Defending a director allegedly involved in a global Ponzi scheme in an action brought by the liquidator.

On the non-contentious side, my practice includes:

- Drafting and advising upon high value, bespoke commercial contracts, often with an international element;
- Corporate / Insolvency Advisory Work;
- Asset finance, with a particular emphasis on yacht and ship financing;
- Shipbuilding Contracts;
- Yacht and Ship sale and Purchase (including financed sales);
- Registration / De-registration of ships in numerous international jurisdictions;
- Advising owners / charterers on Maritime Labour Convention 2006 compliance;
- Yacht/ship management agreements, contracts with designers, suppliers, vessel charterers and others;

I have a strong personal interest in start-up businesses and am one of the founders of the popular start-up business group, Seed Academy, which regularly hosts business events in and around the Shoreditch area.

I spent ten years in the Cayman Islands returning to the UK in 2007.


Senior Associate

Bargate Murray
– Present (3 months)London

- Dry Shipping / Superyachts (both Contentious and Non-Contentious)
- Commercial Litigation / International Arbitration (Including LMAA)
- Company and Commercial Law
- Aviation


Bargate Murray
(11 months)London, United Kingdom

- Dry Shipping / Superyachts (both Contentious and Non-Contentious)
- Commercial Litigation / International Arbitration (Including LMAA)
- Company and Commercial Law
- Aviation

Trainee Solicitor

Bargate Murray
(2 years)London, United Kingdom

Non-rotational training contract gaining experience in:
- Shipping / Superyacht / Maritime Law
- Civil and Commercial Litigation
- International Arbitration
- Commercial and Corporate Law

Corporate Insolvency Executive

Cork Gully LLP
(5 months)London, United Kingdom


Volunteer Experience & Causes

Opportunities Mark is looking for:

Causes Mark cares about:

  • Economic Empowerment
  • Science and Technology

Organizations Mark supports:


  1. Spanish

    Elementary proficiency


Protecting Seafarers – Key Amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention 2006(Link)

May 2014

Quentin Bargate, Senior Partner, and Mark Needham, Associate, Superyacht Group discuss upcoming changes to MLC 2006.



The College of Law

Legal Practice Course, Corporate, Commendation

Electives: Commercial Dispute Resolution, Banking & Capital Markets, Commercial Law & Practice

Activities and Societies: Cheshire and North Wales Junior Lawyers Division - Committee Member

Lancaster University

Law, LLB, 2:1

Electives: Corporate Law, Commercial Law, Anti-trust / Competition Law, Advanced Contract Law, Employment Law, Insolvency Law

Activities and Societies: Law Society

Cayman Preparatory and High School


  • Corporate Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Banking
  • Litigation
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial Law
  • Employment Law
  • Shipping Law
  • Superyacht
  • Yacht Law
  • Insolvency Law
  • Legal Assistance
  • Liquidation
  • Legal
  • Legal Advice
  • Dispute
  • International...
  • Arbitration
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Contract Law
  • Fraud
  • Alternative Dispute...
  • Joint Ventures
  • Mediation
  • Maritime Law
  • Yachting
  • International Law
  • Property Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Legal Research
  • Intellectual Property
  • Document Drafting
  • Professional Negligence
  • Courts
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