Dr Mark Friston


Dr Mark Friston

Manchester

36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082

Leeds

5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
DX: 713113 LEEDS PARK SQ
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123

Birmingham

Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
DX: 13023 BIRMINGHAM
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

Clerked by:
Stephen Loxton
Harry Young


Profile

Dr Friston is a heavyweight in all aspects of costs law and litigation funding. Described in the Chambers and Partners as having a “frightening intellect” and in the current edition of the Legal 500 as having an “unrivalled knowledge of all aspects of costs and costs litigation”, he tends to focus on appellate matters and high value matters. He has both a non-contentious and a contentious practice: 

Non-contentious: Dr Friston is well known for giving business advice to firms of solicitors and insurers. He is heavily in demand for his drafting skills, and is particularly well known for his contracts for funding, bespoke conditional fee agreements, costs sharingagreements, deeds of rectification, etc. He keeps a close eye on the movers and shakers in the field of legal costs, and is able to give up-to-the-minute advice about how best to deal with potential changes in policy. 

Contentious: In so far as contentious work is concerned, Dr Friston’s forte is group litigation and representative claims, costs of commercial disputes, solicitor and client work, and points of law. He has expertise in managing ‘broken retainers’ and disputes concerning VAT. He is developing an interest in litigation other than in the civil courts, such as litigation before a variety of tribunals and arbitral litigation. 

Recommendations

Dr Friston has been recommended in costs since it was a recognised specialism at the Bar. He has been first ranked in Chambers for many years.

Chambers UK (2017) says: "Probably the leading junior in terms of technical knowledge, he's on a par with any QC when it comes to costs and litigation funding."

Legal 500 (2017) says: ‘An expert in costs litigation.’

Chambers UK (2016) says: "He has an incredible towering intellect." and "His breadth of knowledge is enormous."

Legal 500 (2015) says: Dr Mark Friston "knows his subject inside out, and is easy to work with"

Chambers UK (2015) says: "He really is an expert in the field. His knowledge of the law is second to none" and "He's a really safe pair of hands, a great choice for any costs case, regardless of size, value or complexity."

Legal 500 (2014) states that Dr Mark Friston is "a leading expert on costs and litigation funding".

Chambers UK (2013) says the "brilliant" Mark Friston of Manchester set Kings Chambers is widely praised for his specialist costs practice. A "real star" when it comes to costs work, he is also a noted author on the subject, his book being viewed as "a bit of a bible" by impressed sources. A recent highlight saw him acting in a case concerned with whether interest is recoverable on costs in the County Court.

Legal 500 (2012) says that Dr Mark Friston is "extremely personable and pleasant with clients."

Chambers UK (2012) says that Dr Friston "attracts high praise for his substantial and specialised costs practice. According to one highly satisfied client, he ‘provides consistently sound, commercial advice, and has a frightening intellect.’ His highlights include advising on the watershed case of Gibbon v Manchester City Council,which helped define the ambit of Part 36 offers."

Dr Friston was described in the 2011 edition of Chambers as "universally lauded for his expertise". Previous editions have described him as being “up there with the best” (2009), "tremendously boned up on the technicalities" (2007), and “a supremely forensic lawyer” (2008).

Memberships: 

Chairman of the Bar Council's Conditional Fee Agreements Committee
Fellow of the Association of Costs Lawyers (formerly a council member)
Member of the Royal College of Physicians (1993)
Associate member of Ely Place Chambers, London


Career & Education: 

Caius College, Cambridge (Medical Science Tripos) (1986)
The Royal London Hospital Medical College (1989)
Member of the Royal College of Physicians (1993)
University of Westminster (CPE) (1996)
Examination for associate membership of the ALCD (2008)

 

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