Nottingham Law School, The Nottingham Trent University, GDL and Legal Practice Course

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England & Wales
Solicitor-Advocate wtih Higher Rights of Audience (Civil)




Mark Handley
PHONE: +44 207 710 9821
FAX: +44 20 7710 9801

Mark Handley is a Solicitor-Advocate with Higher Rights of Audience (Civil) in England and Wales who specialises in complex cross border litigation and disputes. He leads the London litigation practice.

An experienced litigator,  Mr. Handley has appeared frequently before the English High Courts, including the Commercial Court, the Chancery Division, the Technology and Construction Court, the Administrative Court, and the Court of Appeal.  He has pleaded in numerous other courts outside the UK, including in the British Virgin Islands, Jersey, the Cayman Islands, Gibraltar and the DIFC as well as in European, Middle Eastern and Asian jurisdictions. 

He has considerable experience in civil fraud matters, including asset tracing and recovery, contentious trust disputes, search orders, and asset freezing orders.

Mr. Handley has represented states and state-owned as well as commercial entities in substantive arbitration proceedings under the LCIA, ICC, LMAA Terms and other rules, and is experienced at litigation in support of arbitrations, including freezing orders and anti-suit injunctions. He also has experience of investor-state arbitrations.

His sectoral experience  includes oil and gas and other extractives, financial services, infrastructure and construction, and telecoms and media.

Mr. Handley has led numerous internal, regulatory and compliance matters.  He has particular experience in the areas of bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering as well as the UK’s new “failure to prevent tax evasion” offences. He has presided over a range of internal investigations and advises on contractual provisions and M&A due diligence.

Mr. Handley advises trade associations, corporates and professional services firms on the EU’s and UK’s financial and trade sanctions. His practice spans EU sanctions on Iran, Russia, Syria, North Korea, and other African and Middle Eastern countries, as well as the EU’s anti-US blocking statute.

Recognised for his “breadth of experience with superior case and team management skills”, by the Legal 500 UK,  Mr. Handley is an accomplished speaker and a prolific author on sanctions, money-laundering and corruption and Bribery Act prosecutions.


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