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Max Mallin QC

Call: 1993    QC: 2017

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Practice Overview

Max has a broad commercial practice covering a wide range of contractual and other business disputes (including commercial fraud) often with a significant international element. In recent years, he has acted on an increasing number of shareholder disputes (principally unfair prejudice petitions and derivative actions). Recognised as a “tough opponent” and a “superb cross-examiner” in Chambers & Partners, Max is highly valued by his clients as an extremely effective trial advocate.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Max had a successful career as an investment banker and trader which gives him a first-hand understanding of financial markets and products (including complex derivative instruments). This background has proved invaluable in the financial markets and related disputes for which Max is regularly instructed. A facility with numbers (Max has been described as having a “tremendous head for figures”) and a real understanding of finance has also proved of great benefit in other areas of his practice (e.g. claims for loss of profits and share valuation issues) and gives him a great advantage when cross-examining expert accounts in such areas.

Max has well-recognised experience and expertise in commercial fraud claims and specialises in obtaining and responding to freezing injunctions and all related pre-emptive remedies. In common with other areas of his practice, this frequently involves significant jurisdiction and applicable law issues. Max is also regularly instructed in relation to international arbitrations governed by bodies including the ICC, the LCIA and the LME.

Specific practice areas include: contractual disputes (including distributorship/agency agreements and guarantees/indemnities); company law disputes (Including unfair prejudice petitions and derivative actions); financial markets disputes; commercial fraud; IT disputes; partnership claims; professional negligence (particularly in relation to accountants and financial advisers); jurisdiction and applicable law disputes; arbitration.

Recent directories’ quotes include:

“He gives the court the route-map it wants and needs to get to the heart of a matter, and the court loves him for it. He’s strong but empathetic with clients.” (Chambers & Partners, 2020)

“He has a huge amount of financial services knowledge and really gets into the numbers.” (Chambers & Partners, 2020)

“He’s extremely approachable, user-friendly and always sees the bigger picture.” (Chambers & Partners, 2020)

“Good with clients, clear in his advice, excellent in cross and with judges.” (The Legal 500, 2020)

“A very numerate lawyer, who is better with numbers than pretty much any other barrister out there.” “Max is incredibly bright and very, very well prepared for cross-examination. He is not afraid of being very robust in terms of tactics and strategy.” (Chambers & Partners, 2019)

“Commercial, sensible, approachable and user-friendly. He always sees the bigger picture and he is very popular with clients. He is brilliant on his feet.” (Chambers & Partners, 2019)

“That rare beast of being all things: advocate, legal analyst, commercial resolver and understands figures.” (The Legal 500, 2019)

Very commercial, user friendly for solicitors and loved by clients.” “A brilliant advocate; his advice is clear and straightforward.” (The Legal 500, 2019)

Previous editions describe Max as “brilliant”, “very intelligent” and “exceptional. I would go to him if I was in trouble.” He is “approachable and client-focused, he is ferociously intelligent”. “He is smart, has an uncanny financial acumen and is a delight to work with.” Max is also described as “extremely focused and business-minded. He’s an ideal barrister because he is very sensible, intelligent, excellent at cross-examination and very good with clients. He has it down to an art.” He is also “a tactical whiz. His skills in the courtroom are a wonder to behold”. “His ability to see the kernel of an issue is second to none.”