Mark Jones

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BA (Hons) - Oxford University

1998-2000 - Ince & Co

2000 - Called to the Bar (Lincoln's Inn, Kennedy Scholar)

Profile

Mark Jones is a barrister with a broad commercial practice, encompassing general commercial work, banking, insurance and reinsurance, shipping, and the sale and carriage of goods (international and domestic).  His work covers all aspects of international trade, whether it be the carriage of goods, the sale of goods, or the related financial and insurance transactions. His expertise extends to all corners of the shipping industry, from charterparties to salvage, from cargo claims to collisions, from ship finance to performance guarantees, and from marine insurance to general average. He has a particular specialism in shipbuilding disputes and cases arising out of contracts for the sale and purchase of second hand tonnage.

He appears regularly in the English Courts, and acts in arbitrations both in London and abroad. He also provides expert evidence on English maritime law for use in foreign proceedings.  

Before commencing his career at the Bar, Mark trained as a litigation solicitor at Ince & Co focusing on shipping and insurance matters. He is also accredited to appear in the DIFC in Dubai.

Mark is recommended in Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 as a leading barrister in the field of Shipping, he is particularly noted for “his expertise in shipbuilding and ship purchasing disputes.”

"He is very friendly, and easy to deal with." "What we like about his work is that it is very well structured, science-based and thorough, but also intelligible and to the point." (Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2014)

Mark Jones is noted for his ‘great analytical mind’ (Legal 500 2013)

Mark Jones concentrates his commercial practice on both dry and wet shipping disputes. Before joining the Bar he was a solicitor at Ince & Co, and "because of that background he has a good understanding of front line litigation, which is invaluable." (Chambers & Partners 2013)

Mark Jones is ‘a very knowledgeable, sharply minded and skilful barrister’ (Legal 500 2012)

Mark Jones joins the rankings this year following exceptional feedback from the market. Previously a solicitor with Ince & Co, he has valuable experience and a strong client base to draw from. Sources say: "He is an effective operator with a great sense of humour."(Chambers & Partners 2012)

Mark Jones pays ‘phenomenal attention to detail and gives prompt and pragmatic advice'. (Legal 500 2011)

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Education & Legal Training

Mark was a scholar at Winchester College before going on to study Law at Oxford University (St Edmund Hall), graduating in 1996.  He completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in London, and then spent 2 years training as a solicitor at Ince & Co, London, specialising in shipping, (re-)insurance, and general commercial litigation.

Mark then moved to the Bar in 2000, and was awarded a Kennedy Scholarship by Lincoln's Inn.  He completed his 1st 6 months of pupillage at Essex Court Chambers (Gordon Pollock QC) and his 2nd 6 months at Stone Chambers (Steven Gee QC).  He joined Stone Chambers as a tenant in 2001.

Professional Memberships

Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR)

London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association.

British Maritime Lawyers Association (BMLA)

  • Mark is a member of two of the BMLA's working groups: one considering the UK Government's proposals for the implementation of the Bunkers Convention 2001, and the second considering the implementation by the UK of the European Directive on Environmental Liability.

London Shipping Law Centre

  • Mark has appeared as a speaker at their professional seminars.

Recommendations

Mark Jones is recommended as a leading barrister for Shipping law in Chambers & Partners, the Legal 500 and Legal Experts. He is noted for his expertise in shipbuilding and ship purchasing disputes.

"He is very friendly, and easy to deal with." "What we like about his work is that it is very well structured, science-based and thorough, but also intelligible and to the point." (Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2014)

Mark Jones is noted for his ‘great analytical mind’ (Legal 500 2013)

Mark Jones concentrates his commercial practice on both dry and wet shipping disputes. Before joining the Bar he was a solicitor at Ince & Co, and "because of that background he has a good understanding of front line litigation, which is invaluable." (Chambers & Partners 2013)

Mark Jones is ‘a very knowledgeable, sharply minded and skilful barrister’ (Legal 500 2012)

Mark Jones joins the rankings this year following exceptional feedback from the market. ... "He is an effective operator with a great sense of humour." (Chambers & Partners 2012)

Mark Jones pays ‘phenomenal attention to detail and gives prompt and pragmatic advice'. (Legal 500 2011)

Jones, Mark