Mark Whittell - Mediator

Mark is a solicitor with more than 25 years of experience, specialising in banking, insolvency, professional negligence and partnership matters (within the medical, dentistry, accountancy, legal and architect professions).

He is currently a Litigation Partner in a boutique corporate law firm with offices in Manchester and London. He is a CEDR accredited mediator and a member of the CEDR Panel of Mediators. He has an accreditation as a workplace mediator and has recently added an accreditation as a matrimonial mediator.

Please see below for Mark's full profile...


Partner Commercial Litigator at Gunnercooke, Manchester

Professional background


Partner at national corporate law firm Gunnercooke, based in Manchester and London.

An experienced commercial litigator who specialises in partnership disputes, banking and insolvency matter, commercial disputes and compliance/professional negligence.


1977-1979: Management trainee/buying auditor, Pirelli

1980-1982: Articles clerk, J & W H Sale & Co., Derby

1982-1984: Assistant solicitor, Glass Bagshawe Miller & Co., Sheffield

1984-1986: Assistant solicitor, G W Towell & Co., Wakefield / Barnsley

1986 to 2013: Partner at Cobbetts LLP , Manchester / Leeds / Birmingham

ADR / Mediation experience

Accredited by CEDR in 2000, Mark is also an ADR panel mediator, both as a commercial mediator and workplace mediator. He recently received a matrimonial accreditation. Not only has Mark conducted mediations in a wide range of areas, he has also been lead negotiator on numerous occasions for his own clients and, therefore, fully appreciates the needs of the parties. He describes mediation as a major tool in his armoury to settle his own cases. He practises what he preaches. His areas of expertise include:

Partnership (all professions) and shareholder disputes

Breach of contract claims / commercial disputes

Insolvency litigation

Franchise disputes

Compliance / professional negligence claims

Workplace disputes

Matrimonial (ancillary relief)

Other information

Mark is described in the 2006 edition of “Chambers” as “dynamic and moves a case forward. He’s a lateral thinker”. The 2012 edition of “Legal 500” says that he “is committed and develops great depth of knowledge of a case.”

Mark has more than 25 years’ experience as a litigator and acts for a number of regional, national and multi-national companies. He has a wide experience not only of the law, but also of the commercial realities that companies face concerning the impact of litigation.

Further detailed information available on request.