Mark is a Senior Equity Partner who specialises in defending civil litigation and regulatory investigations against company directors & officers, professional services firms and financial institutions, covering a wide range of complex UK, Middle East and international matters.
Mark Beswetherick is a Senior Equity Partner specialising in litigation and investigations involving company directors & officers, professional services firms and financial institutions.
Mark spent a significant part of his career (2008 to 2022) based in Dubai and for many years was Head of Clyde & Co's market-leading Dispute Resolution Group (ranked Band 1 by Legal 500 and Chambers). Mark is recognised by Legal 500 as a "Leading Individual" for arbitration and international litigation, noted in particular for his "professional negligence expertise, representing Big Four accounting firms and elite law firms". Mark is separately ranked (Chambers Band 2) for handling corporate and regulatory investigations.
Directors’ and officers’ liability: defending directors and senior managers against regulatory investigations and/or civil actions for breach of directors' duties and/or as authorised/approved individuals).
Defending negligence claims and investigations against a range of professional services firms, including accountants, auditors, consultants and law firms.
Coverage advice – advising insurance companies on a wide range of first and third-party commercial insurance policy disputes and litigation, including: D&O / Management Liability; Professional Indemnity; Financial Institutions & BBB; Fidelity, Commercial Crime & ECC; Cyber; and a broad range of facultative and treaty reinsurance disputes.
Mark has extensive experience of the courts and tribunals in England & Wales as well as litigating in all the major common and civil law dispute resolution forums in the Middle East region (including the DIFC Courts, ADGM Courts, QFC Courts, ICC and DIFC-LCIA arbitrations, Dubai & UAE Courts, KSA Dispute Committees, Bahrain BCDR), in addition to domestic and international mediations and ADR.
Mark also has extensive experience of defending investigations and regulatory/disciplinary actions against directors, officers and senior management before specialist regulatory and disciplinary tribunals.
Mark is qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales, is a Part II-registered advocate in the DIFC Courts and is also registered as a Legal Consultant with the Dubai Legal Affairs Department.
Mark has held several management positions and has a particular interest in corporate governance and strategy, having completed his MBA (with distinction) at Warwick Business School in 2022.