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Mark Brown

Mark Brown


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"Mark has been praised for 'his experience and expertise in handling complex litigations'."
(Chambers & Partners 2015)

Mark is a highly experienced litigator specialising in the leisure sector. He has acted for over 11 years on property litigation matters for major pub, restaurant, bar, late night venue and hotel owners and operators.

Most recently Mark has been advising those in the pub sector on the major issues affecting it.

Mark is listed as a Recommended Lawyer in the Legal 500 (2020 edition) and recognised as a Leading Individual in Chambers (2020 edition).

Legal Services


Mark has a substantial track record of arbitration cases, including acting for the commercial tenant of a national heritage site on a substantial service charge dispute. He also acts for parties in statutory Pubs Code arbitrations disputing the terms of proposed tenancies, acting as legal assessor to arbitrators, and dealing with legal issues arising in rent review arbitrations.

Recent Work

  • Acted for the tenant of a public house in Covent Garden, advancing the tenant’s case on whether or not the lease contained a mistake concerning the hypothetical term within the rent review provisions.
  • Acted for the tenant of a large hostel in Shoreditch, advising on ambiguities contained within the rent review provisions concerning the physical configuration of the property to be used for rent review purposes.

Real Estate Litigation

Recent Work

  • Pursuing a £3.5 million ACV compensation claim in the First Tier Tribunal concerning a former pub in Queen’s Park.
  • Advising chartered surveyors specialising in the licensed leisure sector on the legal issues arising in rent reviews. Mark most recently advised on licensed properties in Central London including Covent Garden and Shoreditch.
  • Advising landlords and tenants in heavily contested forfeiture proceedings, in particular concerning licensed premises in Central London.
  • Advising landlords and tenants in hostile lease renewal proceedings, especially where development grounds are relied upon. Recent cases include properties in Camden, Marylebone and Kings Cross.
  • Pursuing professional negligence claims other professionals that have let their clients down in the leisure sector.



Drinks, Hospitality & Leisure

Mark has in particular acted for the owners of public house for many years, advising on real estate and landlord and tenant disputes. Over the past few years Mark has been involved in some of the most high-profile cases concerning public houses.


  • Acting for the owner in the removal of Vince Power from the Kensington Park Hotel in Notting Hill following a two week trial. The case received press coverage in the Guardian and Evening Standard, as have some of the other cases Mark has been involved in.
  • Mark has also become heavily involved in disputes concerning the development of public houses in Central London and across the country, with his work spreading to include the removal of restrictive covenants, and advising on objections to assets of community value nominations and listing reviews, where Mark is the market leader and is helping to shape the law for owners.
  • Mark has also become involved in advising on discrete issues arising from the ACV listed status of public houses in planning appeals – often working hand in glove with external planning consultants and our own in-house planning lawyers.
  • Pursuing professional negligence claims other professionals that have let their clients down in the leisure sector.


To contact Mark or for more information…

Call: 0845 271 6764
Or email: Send an email



“Excellent from start to finish.”

(Property Developer)

“Gets the right results.”

(Head of Commercial Services)

“A mature approach.”

(Head of Commercial Services)

“Puts witnesses at ease.”

(Head of Commercial Services)

“Provides sensible and considered advice.”


“Mark Brown…regularly advises on a wide range of property disputes. Also handles contentious construction work.”

(Chambers & Partners 2014)

“Clients appreciate the team’s ability to ‘talk in layman’s terms about complex issues – which is both helpful and refreshing’.”

(Chambers & Partners 2013)

“Always brings new ideas to challenging situations”.

(The Legal 500, 2019)

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