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Mark is our Managing Director and has been advising clients on dispute resolution and litigation for over 28 years.In 2006 he founded iLaw with Justin Ellis and heads the firm’s litigation team. His main areas of expertise are intellectual property, film, media and technology disputes.

He represented 8 corporate clients in one of the largest disputes in London; the 6 billion US dollar dispute between the Kazakh JSC BTA Bank and Mukhtar Ablyazov and others. He also worked on the Tajik Aluminium litigation in London (a 450 million US dollar fraud claim).

Mark acted for the successful party in the reported Court of Appeal case ofBWE and Jones and for Domino’s Pizza in its High Court dispute with UEFA following the Euro 2004 Finals. His clients include many household names and high-profile individuals.

Mark served on the Board of an AIM listed mineral exploration company, was a partner in a cyber security business and served as a client-appointed Director of a recruitment firm.

His principal areas of practice include:

  • Trade marks
  • Copyright
  • Commercial and international disputes
  • Defamation
  • IT contract litigation
  • Arbitration
  • Film disputes

Mark was the Chairman of the IT Disputes Group of the Society for Computers & Law for over 20 years. He is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, an ADR Group Accredited Mediator and an Associate Member of the Australian Risk Policy Institute.

He has experience both of executing search and seizure orders and acting as a Court appointed supervising solicitor.

“He inspires real confidence” (Legal 500)

“An extremely experienced commercial litigator who achieves the best results” (Legal 500)

“A key name for disputes” (Legal 500)

"A highly experienced, savvy commercial litigator. Each case starts with a blank sheet of paper, which is rapidly turned into a detailed road map. He doesn’t like to lose. Whenever we have clients with difficult, complex claims, Mark is the first port of call, to check whether he is available to represent them. A polished operator” (Legal 500). 

"Has proven to be an real legal asset and has excellent knowledge of his area of practice and the sectors in which he advises” (Legal 500)

“Exceptional. His advice is clear, expert, insightful, pragmatic and relatable… he is always on top of things. Mark appreciates the stress his clients may be experience during litigation and he is reassuring and calm – combined with his responsiveness he is a pleasure to work with” (Legal 500). 

"Mark Culbert is fantastic. He really makes an effort to get to know clients and their individual circumstances in order to provide a tailored approach” (Legal 500).

“Mark Culbert navigates the ship with a steady, reliable hand. Good at getting value for money for clients and easy to work with”. (Legal 500)

“Mark Culbert is a superb lawyer and litigator – I have worked with Mark for 20 years and would not instruct any other litigator in London.” (Legal 500)

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