Mark Chapman

Areas of Responsibility:

Mark is a Partner in our Legal 500 recommended Corporate & Commercial Department.

Before returning to Herrington Carmichael in August 2012, Mark worked as legal counsel at Acromas (which at that time owned and operated the AA, Saga and BSM brands) and as EMEIA Legal Counsel at Apple (the creator of the iPhone, iPad, iPod and the Mac).

Mark has extensive experience advising on commercial matters, both in house and in private practice, with a focus on cross border and complex commercial projects, particularly in the financial services and automotive sectors.

Mark is responsible for our regulatory and compliance offering, and advises businesses on financial services matters (particularly in the insurance and pensions sectors) and on consumer law matters.

Experience / Recent Projects:

Commercial:

  • Advising on and negotiating long term, multi million pound, sale of goods agreement between UK component manufacturer and French customer, to include project management of French legal advice and competition law advice
  • Advising on and negotiating complex services agreements with the in house legal teams at global computer hardware and global pharmaceuticals businesses. Our employment team advised on the TUPE provisions
  • Drafting leading online clothes retailer’s terms and conditions for the supply of goods to consumers, including complex logistical return policy and provisions relating to consumers accessing the UK site from other European countries. We instructed and managed local lawyers in France and Germany in relation to the translation of the documents into their respective local languages and also in relation to advising on the impact of applicable local laws, localising the documents whilst ensuring as much consistency as possible with the English law documents as possible
  • Advising on and negotiating multi million pound agreement for the sale of goods to Tier 1 manufacturer in the automotive industry
  • Advising on and negotiating multi million pound field marketing services agreement with national supermarket chain
  • Advising client on and drafting suite of documents for launch of online communications app for business and consumer use. Complexities included limiting the liability of the client in light of worldwide application and use of app
  • Advising household brand on contracts with global vehicle manufacturer. To include advice on customer terms and conditions and associated literature. Contract value £80 million
  • Advising household brand on contracts with global sports car manufacturer. To include advice on customer terms and conditions and associated literature. Contract value £10 million
  • Drafting, negotiating and advising on savings agreement under which £4 billion worth of savings were invested (white labeled savings product)
  • Advising on what was at the time the UK's largest ever transfer of home insurance business and simultaneous negotiations with 10 insurers
  • Drafting, negotiating and advising on agreement for provision of services to customers of large UK bank on an insured basis. Value £60 million per annum, to include reviewing, amending and approving terms of business agreements with numerous insurers including Lloyds syndicates.

Financial Services:

  • Review of pension scheme trust deed and rules for scheme with circa £120 million funds under management, advice on recent legislative changes and drafting deed of variation to update the scheme
  • Advice on regulated activities, financial promotion rules, prospectus directive requirements and collective investment schemes in relation to £4 million alternative fundraising scheme.


Consumer Law:

  • Advising on product safety matters, the positioning of EU wide product replacement programs and associated reporting obligations, and responding to questions from competent authorities
  • Provision of strategic advice on pan-European consumer law claims filed by 12 consumer authorities acting in concert and drafting and advising upon action plan.

Client quotes

"Mark quickly got to grips with our complex and extensive business division. What impressed me most was Mark's innovative and commercial solutions and his ability to see the bigger picture."
Robert Diggin, Director of AppleCare (EMEIA)

"We recently asked Herrington & Carmichael to redraft our SIPP Trust Deed and Rules. Mark was thoroughly professional, pragmatic and efficient throughout the process, and we were very happy with the outcome. I am entirely confident in his abilities, to the point I will be recommending his services to our own clients where they have pension-related legal requirements. I cannot think of a higher endorsement."
Jonathan Howard, Courtiers.

"Mark's work ethic is fantastic. He is always contactable and delivered our tricky project on time and on budget. Highly recommended."
Mo Elkhadraoui, Newcourt Residential Ltd

Interests and Hobbies

Mark enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children and is a Tottenham fan (although he does not get to White Hart Lane as often as he would like!) and a car enthusiast. Mark also enjoys watching comedy and listening to music.