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Mark Howarth, Partner

Mark Howarth


Practice areas

  • Commercial litigation
  • Energy and infrastructure
  • Industrials
  • International arbitration
  • Litigation and dispute management

Practice notes

Mark leads the Eversheds Sutherland UK energy sector commercial and regulatory disputes team. He handles a broad spectrum of litigation, arbitration and regulatory matters, helping clients to manage complex disputes and control commercial risks. Mark is also a lead partner in our International Arbitration Group and acts as both counsel and advocate.

Mark’s client relationships include major energy and industrial sector clients such as DuPont, EDF, Engie, Eni, Essar, GE, RWE and Shell. He also acts for state entities and national oil companies in cross-border matters.

Mark’s recent experience encompasses business-critical contractual disputes and crisis management, post-M&A litigation, environmental litigation, price revision disputes, judicial reviews and tax-related disputes. In the regulatory field, Mark’s experience includes high-profile Ofgem and SFO investigations.

Mark joined Eversheds Sutherland from Freshfields in 2009. Mark holds a Law degree from Cambridge University.

Representative experience:

  • representing the world’s largest independent power producer in high-value warranty claim proceedings against the former owners of Europe’s biggest gas-fired power station
  • representing (as counsel and advocate) a Middle Eastern state in a multi-billion dollar state-to-state ad hoc arbitration
  • representing (as counsel and advocate) a Middle Eastern national oil company in a multi-billion dollar oil and gas arbitration
  • advising an oil super-major in defending multi-jurisdiction group action proceedings arising from oil spills in North Africa
  • acting for an investment bank in multi-billion dollar international BIT arbitration proceedings
  • representing a consortium of international energy companies in arbitral proceedings concerning claims for defective workmanship at a facility in the Caspian region
  • acting for energy clients, including ‘Big 6’ and independents, in various major Ofgem regulatory investigations