36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082
5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
DX: 713113 LEEDS PARK SQ
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123
Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
DX: 13023 BIRMINGHAM
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570
Clerked by:Gary Young
Acts as an advocate, legal advisor and arbitrator in arbitral proceedings arising out of commercial and property transactions, including contracts for the sale of land, leases and contracts for the international carriage of goods by road.
Significant Reported Cases
Inco Europe v First Choice Distribution  1 WLR 586. (Authoritative guidance of the House of Lords on the appellate jurisdiction of the Courts under the Arbitration Act 1996)
"I've been very impressed by his depth of knowledge and his ability to cut through the complexities and focus on the core issues." "He has great presence in court."
Senior barrister practising in the law of general chancery and commercial law with particular emphasis on real property, trusts, succession and insolvency. This includes professional negligence in the context of each of these specialist areas.
His practice encompasses contentious and non-contentious work and he acts for a wide range of clients, including banks, development companies, professional firms and public authorities.
He was appointed to sit as a Recorder in 2003. Regularly sits as a Recorder in civil and criminal proceedings.
Year of Call:1985
Areas of Expertise
- Banking and Finance
- Dispute Resolution
- Professional Negligence
- Trusts and Probate
Chancery Bar Association, Northern Chancery Bar Association, Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association
Northern and North Eastern Circuits
Recorder since 2003
“Distribution on Intestacy” (FT Law and Tax).
Year of Call 1985 (Lincolns Inn)
Joined Chambers 1986
Chambers UK 2018: "Mark is great. He is very clever, he has vast experience and he exudes confidence in the courtroom." "He is quietly assured and deals with complicated matters in a simple and understandable way."
Chambers UK 2018: "His interpersonal skills are really good. He is lovely with clients and empathetic." "Very calm and very thorough. He is well able to anticipate the other side's arguments and has a steady hand on the tiller." "Very intellectual. He knows his stuff and is willing to go the extra mile."
Legal 500 2018: ‘Admirably calm yet determined.’
Chambers UK 2017: "I've been very impressed by his depth of knowledge and his ability to cut through the complexities and focus on the core issues." "He has great presence in court."
Chambers UK 2017: "A heavyweight on the Northern Circuit and a delight to work with."
Chambers UK 2017: "Highly impressive. He is a busy guy but he is very responsive; he always goes out of his way." "Extremely knowledgeable and versatile."
Chambers UK 2016: "An excellent barrister who is brilliant on his feet; he has a lovely manner in court."
"He is very precise and excellent with clients. He is keen on the detail and proactively gets involved with cases."
"Extremely thorough and able to turn his hand to any form of real estate advice or litigation."
"He is very bright and knows the law very well. His character is very calm, unflappable and very straightforward."
Chambers UK 2014: "His understanding of the law was amazing - he went back to basic principles and demolished the other side's case. The judge was eating out of his hands." "Both in written work and client conferences he is patient, friendly and does not assume a level of knowledge the client doesn't have."
"He is an incredibly experienced practitioner; very sound intellectually and a very safe pair of hands."
"He has seen it all before - you cannot surprise him." "He has detailed experience and his substantive knowledge is a given."
Chambers UK 2013: "Mark Halliwells broad chancery practice includes property, rights of way, trusts and probate matters. He recently appeared in Birkdale Park Land Company Limited v Cruickshanks and Kirby. In this case he represented two leaseholders regarding the interpretation of leaseholding covenants. "
"Mark Halliwell is a highly regarded practitioner in commercial and chancery cases. He has notable expertise in matters such as land, insolvency and charities disputes. He is recommended."