I head up our Dispute Resolution group. I specialise in the resolution of complex commercial disputes.
Much of my work has an international focus and I work regularly with lawyers from different jurisdictions. I have extensive experience of international and domestic litigation, including at appellate level.
I am among a small number of lawyers ranked in Chambers as a 'Notable Practitioner' for Commercial and Corporate Litigation (2019-2023). I've been described as "a master in [my] field", demonstrating "considerable aptitude in complex cross-border cases", with "great judgment [and] a very good sense of what is commercial”, a "respected practitioner" and "well known in the market for handling a broad spread of corporate and commercial litigation”.
I am also ranked as a Leading Individual in Legal 500 for Commercial Litigation (2022-2023). My ability to run heavy cases has consistently been recognised (2016-2023) and I've been described as a "stand out performer”, “highly motivated” and “exceptionally approachable, with a roll-your-sleeves-up mentality". I have been praised for "superior case management skills", "great results", "first rate client management skills" and a "calm, confident and unflappable” approach.
My clients are diverse, ranging from multi-national corporates to start-up companies and I often act for high net-worth individuals, fellow professionals, marcoms agencies, tech companies and major brand owners. I have a particular interest in insolvency issues and I regularly act for and against Insolvency Practitioners.
I am Vice Chair of The City of London Law Society's Litigation Committee. I'm also a member of International Bar Association's Litigation Committee.
A major part of my work is before the various divisions of the High Court in London and in particular the Commercial Court. My cases often require emergency applications for injunctive relief and I am used to attending court on short notice. In appropriate instances I make effective use of ADR to achieve my clients’ objectives. I have also acted in a number of arbitrations over the years. Examples of past cases include post transaction claims for breach of warranty and indemnity, claims against directors for breach of duty, shareholder disputes and investor claims, IT disputes regarding code performance and software development, partnership disputes, unpaid commission and fee claims, professional negligence claims, trust disputes, civil fraud and bailment and conversion claims.
I regularly act for and against Insolvency Practitioners in contentious matters and have acted in unlawful distribution, antecedent transaction, misfeasance, wrongful trading and ROT/complex lien claims. Together with colleagues in our Corporate practice group I work alongside Insolvency Practitioners to advise distressed businesses, helping companies and directors to manage insolvency risk and to protect assets, sometimes with assistance from the Court. Over the years I have advised extensively in relation to counterparty insolvency and I regularly help our clients to devise strategies to limit damage and/or minimise risk.
Advertising & Marketing
I am a member of our Advertising and Marketing sector group. I have had the pleasure of working alongside a number of our creative clients for 20 years, helping to protect their interests and manage risk. Over this period I have advised on a wide range of agreements and issues, including disputes over service levels and performance, issues with talent, clients and sub-contractors, fee recovery, failed campaigns and events and termination issues. The legal issues are often complex, involving multiple parties, but my objective is always to provide clear and practical advice which best serves my client’s commercial objectives.
Awards & Recognition
- Chambers 2024 (Commercial and Corporate Litigation) - 'Mark is a superb lawyer - he is calm, knowledgeable, easy to work with and he gets results.' 'He gives practical, no-nonsense and accessible advice.'
- Legal 500 2024 (Commercial litigation: Mid-market) - ‘Mark Lim’s knowledge, understanding of the client’s issues and appropriate communications with opponents are nothing short of excellent.'
- Chambers 2019-2024 - “Notable Practitioner” Commercial and Corporate Litigation
- Legal 500 2022-2023 - “Leading Individual” Commercial litigation: Mid-market
- Legal 500 2023 (Commercial litigation: Mid-market) - ‘my go-to solicitor…I have not come across a better commercial dispute resolution solicitor. Mark is prepared to go the extra mile for his clients – a joy to work with and an abundance of knowledge. A truly first-class solicitor.’
- Chambers 2023 (Commercial and Corporate Litigation) - 'a master in his field and someone you certainly would want on your side if you have a complex litigation matter’
- Chambers 2023 (Commercial and Corporate Litigation) - ‘hard-working, committed and on top of the detail’
- Chambers 2022 (Commercial and Corporate Litigation) - 'Mark Lim really knows his law and he is very practical'
- Chambers 2022 (Commercial and Corporate Litigation) - 'You can throw lots of complex issues at Mark and he will be able to distil everything down distinctly and most pertinently to be able to give pragmatic, well thought-out and strategic advice'
- Chambers 2022 (Commercial and Corporate Litigation) - 'He takes a commercial approach and is always looking for the best outcome for his clients'
- Legal 500 2022 (Commercial litigation: Mid-market) - ‘Mark Lim leads a team of dedicated and intelligent lawyers, who are focused on delivering excellent results for the clients, at economic rates, and often against much more heavily resourced teams at Magic Circle firms'
- Legal 500 2022 (Commercial litigation: Mid-market) - ‘Mark Lim leads the department with flair and determination. He is tactically astute and highly approachable – clients love him‘
- Legal 500 2021 – ‘leads the team with unflappable brilliance… a very bright, knowledgeable lawyer’ ‘stand out performer... highly motivated... excellent with clients on difficult cases’
- Chambers 2021 (Corporate and Commercial Litigation) – ‘shows great judgment… a very good sense of what is commercial and always has the client's interest at heart’ ‘pays considerable attention to detail and can effectively plan and manage a case to achieve a strong tactical position’
- Chambers 2020 (Corporate and Commercial Litigation) - ‘considerable aptitude in complex cross-border cases’ ‘excellent, [giving] good, practical litigation advice’
- Legal 500 2020 - ‘exceptionally approachable, with a roll-your-sleeves-up mentality’