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Mark Buckley

Mark Buckley


I am a disputes lawyer working in litigation and arbitration, including international commercial, intellectual property and sports disputes.


I am a partner in the Dispute Resolution department specialising in international commercial litigation and arbitration. I also have a particular interest in intellectual property and sports disputes.

At the outset of any dispute, I make sure that I fully understand my client’s objectives and resources. I will try and move my client into a position of strength to negotiate a settlement wherever possible.

I act for a wide range of clients – manufacturing companies, e-commerce businesses, private equity investors, entrepreneurs and sports participants across sectors including aviation, motor manufacture and IT amongst others. Notable clients are Eddie Irvine, Crystal Palace Football Club, Electronics Boutique and Headspace.

I enjoy the international element of my practice where I am often referred work by international law firms. Over the years, I have worked as co-counsel with leading firms in India, Ireland and Italy to advise their clients on English law issues in arbitration and litigation in many jurisdictions.

Outside work, I cycle, ski, watch films and read. I also study the Hindi language.


Working closely with clients to anticipate and deal with their business risks and objectives, we utilise the skills of a team of lawyers who are experienced in all types of dispute resolution. Our multi-national, bi-lingual team enables us to service clients wherever they are in the world while achieving the best results for their business.


We have a track record for taking on complex, high value and cross-border disputes across a range of sectors. Our strong international focus is a key strength. Our team acts for corporates, high net worth individuals and other overseas lawyers. The practice is home to a several international desks including India and the Middle East.


We advise international companies both in the UK and abroad in relation to conducting arbitration proceedings and enforcing international arbitration awards. Our team is also experienced in dealing with investor-state arbitrations under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, including the Energy Charter Treaty.


Experienced litigation and commercial lawyers working together to advise clients on their full range of IP issues from trademarks and passing off, branding, confidential information and trade secrets through to designs rights, copyright, patents, IP audits and transactions.


One of the few firms with a pedigree of bringing major cases for individuals and companies, including within the growing group litigation sector. We have the ability to access, structure, organise, and obtain the funding required whilst mitigating much of the risk and keeping those costs off balance sheet.


Our sector experience spans a wide range of sports including motor racing, where we have advised teams and drivers in Formula 1, A1 GP, World Rally, Cart, Indy Car and Moto GP, and cricket, football, golf and cycling. We have supported clients on a range of a matters including: intellectual property, sponsorship, broadcasting & web rights, fundraising, events, and regulatory issues.



  • Acting for Eddie Irvine in his ground-breaking image rights case against Talksport.
  • Acting for Crystal Palace Football Club in its successful claim for fraudulent misrepresentation against former manager Iain Dowie.
  • Advising on an arbitration between a UK company and a consortium of Spanish and German contractors over the delivery of trains.
  • Securing a major victory in the Court of Appeal on behalf of US video and computer games retailer The Electronics Boutique Inc. and EB Services Company against the Game Group plc.
  • Successfully defending a claim in the Commercial Court on behalf of the issuer of foreign currency convertible bonds.


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