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Sir Mark Havelock-Allan

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Mark Havelock-Allan retired in May 2017 from being the Mercantile Judge on the Western Circuit and also judge in charge of the Bristol Technology and Construction Court. Before going to the bench in 2001, he practised in these Chambers for 25 years.

He was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in 1974, after reading law at Durham University and Trinity College, Cambridge. After completing pupillage, he joined 3 Essex Court (as 20 Essex Street was then called) in 1975.

He specialised as a barrister in all aspects of international trade, in particular in cases involving carriage by sea and by road, shipbuilding, the international sale of goods, commodity trading, the Lloyd’s of London insurance market and arbitration law and practice.

He appeared frequently in maritime arbitrations and in arbitrations before tribunals of the London commodity trade associations such as GAFTA, FOSFA and The Refined Sugar Association, and also in the Commercial Court, the Admiralty Court, the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords.

He also sat as an arbitrator in LMAA arbitrations and at Lloyd’s of London and chaired the LMAA’s Supporting Members’ Liaison Committee at the time of the passing of the Arbitration Act 1996.

As a Mercantile and TCC judge his work covered a much wider commercial field, from financial services (in particular the alleged mis-selling of financial products including swaps) to banking, the professional negligence of lawyers, accountants, architects, valuers and surveyors, and a wide variety of construction disputes.

He was appointed a QC in 1993 and sat as Recorder in the Crown Court between 1994 and 2001. He became an FCIArb in 1991 and was elected a Bencher of Inner Temple in 1995.