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"He has a fantastic grasp of the subject area - a real leader in his field"

Legal 500 - 2014

"very good, takes a practical approach " with "advice that is clear, authoritative and prompt"

Chambers UK 2013

"a determined cross examiner who has a keen eye for spotting the weak arguments of opposing counsel"

a"forceful advocate and strong tactician"

Chambers UK 2011



Mark Blackett-Ord is an advisor, arbitrator and advocate experienced in cases concerned with property, trusts, partnership, probate, ecclesiastical law and general Chancery litigation. He sits as Chancellor of the diocese of Leicester.

He is a leading authority on the law of partnership including venture capital funds and other limited partnerships and LLPs.

He has appeared in a number of notable cases. He often accepts and advises in difficult and abstruse cases, for instance matters relating to clubs, corpses and unorthodox personal relationships.


Professional Reputation

Mark is recommended by Chambers UK, Legal Experts and The Legal 500. Chambers UK in 2012 noted his “encyclopedic knowledge and crisp no-nonsense approach” and calls him a “highly urbane and tremendously effective barrister… an exceptional cross-examiner whom clients and peers always take very seriously.” In 2013 it stated that he was known for producing "advice that is clear, authoritative and prompt".


Notable Cases


  • Manning v English (2010) EWHC 153 (Ch) (limitation period for a dissolution claim)
  • Hopton v Miller (2010) EWHC 2732 (effect of a debarring order on a partnership claim)
  • Tann v Herrington [2009] EWHC 445 (Ch) (duty of care of one partner to another)
  • Hopper v Hopper [2008] EWCA Civ 1417 (rules as to post-dissolution profit sharing)
  • Sandhu v Gill [2006] Ch 456 CA (operation of the retirement provisions of the Partnership Act 1890)
  • M Young Legal v Zahid [2006] 1 WLR 2562 CA. (meaning of partner)

Property, Company Law and Probate

  • Kaur v Dhaliwal [2014] Fam Law 1241 (cohabitation for the purposes of the Inheritance Act 1975)
  • Cooke v Venulum [2013] EWHC 4288 (limits on freezing order jurisdiction)
  • Wilson deceased [2013] WTLR 899 (overturning a will made by an amateur who took the whole estate under it).
  • VIVA! Campaign Ltd v Scott [2013] EWHC 3639 (where consideration was given to the costs consequences of a vigorously fought probate action).
  • Mary Gray Ritchie deceased [2009] EWHC 809 (will overturned where testatrix deluded).
  • Olins v Walters [2009] (Ch 212) (CA) (clarification of the law on mutual wills).
  • Mehra v Aras (HH Judge Marshall QC 26/11/08, Estates Gazette: the new law of overriding interests over registered land).
  • Braymist v Wise Finance Co [2002] 2 AER 333 CA (unincorporated associations).
  • Polly Peck Plc v Nadir [1992] The Times 30.7.92 CA (the width of world-wide Mareva injunctions).
  • Roche v Sherrington [1982] 1 WLR 599 (the Opus Dei case)
  • Regalian Securities v Ramsden [1981] 1 WLR 611 (House of Lords)


  • Hopper v Hopper [2008] EWHC 228 (proprietary estoppel claims against co-owners)
  • Price v Williams-Wynn [2006] WTLR (rectification of a settlement)
  • Murphy v Murphy [1999] 1WLR 282 (duty of disclosure of a settlor)
  • Webb v Webb [1994] QB 696 (ECJ) and (1997) CA 8.7.97 (European Court of Justice: jurisdiction in cases of an English trust of foreign land)


Ecclesiastical Law

He appeared for the successful appellant in the Court of Arches in Re St Peter's Draycott [2009] WLR (D) 105 which concerned the sale of a font and he acted for the opposition to the sale of the chalice in Re Lacock (The Guardian 23/12/13). In 2013 he decided the difficult contested exhumation case Re Thringstone [2013] Ecc Law J 246.


Professional Memberships

He is a member of the Association of Partnership Practitioners and of the Chancery Bar Association, ACTAPS, STEP and the Ecclesiastical Judges Association. He sits as an arbitrator. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, Chancellor of the Diocese of Leicester and a Bencher of Lincolns Inn.


Publications and Lecturing

He was the co-editor of 'Partnership' in the original Halsbury's Laws (4th Edition) and he is the editor of 'Partnerships and LLP's' in Atkins Court Forms. His book entitled Partnership (Butterworths) first published in 1997 is a definitive guide to the modern law of partnership. It appeared in its third edition in 2007 and Wilson LJ called it 'Mr Blackett-Ord's excellent book' in M. Young Legal v Zahid [2006] 1 WLR 2562. The fourth edition of Partnership was published in 2012 and was co-authored with Sarah Haren and the fifth will appear in 2015. He lectures regularly.