Mark Brown


Mark has over 25 years’ experience handling complex contract and tort disputes at all levels of the English courts and in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations.

Mark’s clients include corporations operating in industry sectors including life sciences/pharma, information technology and digital media. He is highly experienced in both court litigation and arbitration, and has particular skill in managing and resolving commercial disputes before they reach court or an arbitral tribunal.

Mark’s disputes expertise in the life sciences sector runs across a variety of sector-specific contracts relating to IP-rich assets and highly technical subject matter, ranging from licences and collaboration agreements to supply and distribution contracts. He also experienced in product liability and misuse of confidential information disputes. His clients include several household name pharmaceutical companies.

In the IT and digital media space, Mark has been engaged in resolving disagreements around IT contracts, computer gaming and social media platforms.

The types of contentious issues Mark handles arise from breach of commercial and corporate transaction contracts, judicial review, misuse of confidential information and other torts, product liability, company and shareholder disputes. His cases often involve cross-border complexities, including issues of jurisdiction, applicable law, asset freezing and enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards.

Mark runs Bristows’ Groupe Juridique Francophone, which provides a full range of legal services to French and Francophone companies with commercial interests in the UK. He speaks fluent French and Italian.

He is a member of The Association for International Arbitration.


  • LLB Honours (Law), The London School of Economics and Political Science
  • French Law degree, University of Strasbourg
  • Qualified 1995
  • Admitted in Republic of Ireland (non-practising)
  • Advocaat bij de Balie te Brussel
  • Partner 2007


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What others say

“Mark Brown is extremely good at client handling and communications – responsive and knowledgeable.” Legal 500 2024
“Mark Brown is particularly helpful and responsive.” Legal 500 2024
Mark Brown is “excellent.” Legal 500 2023
“Mark Brown is a skilled litigator, who strikes the right balance between advising and taking input on board – a great strategist.” Legal 500 2022
“Mark Brown has excellent knowledge of the law and with a good feel as to how to handle a dispute and bring it to a favourable conclusion.” Legal 500 2022
“Mark Brown is thoughtful, hard-working and not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get into the detail of a case. He retains a focus on the bigger picture.” Legal 500 2022
“Mark Brown has a strong profile among clients in the gaming industry.” Legal 500 2022
"Mark Brown is a pleasure to work with." Legal 500 2021
Mark Brown is “a name to note for advising on defamatory content on digital platforms and pre-publication work.” Legal 500 2021
"He [Mark Brown] combines good technical knowledge with a strong commercial, client focused approach and is a great team player." Legal 500 2021
Mark Brown "is clearly an exceptional leader who combines high standards with being a pleasure to work for." Legal 500 2021
"The output from teams headed by Mark Brown is invariably impressive, whoever the associates on the case might be." Legal 500 2021
"Mark Brown and his team stand out for going the extra mile to add value and bring their (considerable) knowledge, expertise and brainpower to bear on a case." Legal 500 2021
Mark Brown is "experienced and skilful in commercial dispute resolution generally". Legal 500 2021
"Mark Brown is a fantastically bright litigator, who gives primacy to clients' needs and aims, listens to and challenges advice appropriately, and is a pleasure to work with". Legal 500 2020
"Mark Brown is’ very thorough and sharp in his analysis’." Legal 500 2017

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