Mark was called to the English bar in 1994 before qualifying as a Jersey Advocate in 2001 along with Natalie. Formerly with Mourant and then Carey Olsen, in 2005, Mark founded Jersey law firm Hanson Renouf, which merged to become Benest Corbett Renouf (now BCR Law) in 2015. He joined Noirmont in 2019. He has over 25 years’ experience as a litigator.
Member of the Institute of Directors since 2003 and the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists since 2006.
He has been listed as a leading individual in his field by the Legal 500, Chambers & Partners and other legal directories for at least 10 years.
Areas of expertise include trust law (both contentious and non-contentious), contentious probate, professional negligence (in particular related to building and construction), cross-border insolvency, company litigation, urgent applications for injunctive relief, regulatory (including competition law) and contractual disputes.
He has appeared in many of the leading trust cases to come before the Island’s courts. These include the very well-known case of Mubarik v Mubarak, regarding enforcement against Jersey trusts, in which the Jersey Court of Appeal praised Mark for his “… ability to respond … with clarity, precision and thoroughness”. Other leading Jersey trust cases he has appeared in includes Re Freiburg (leading case on Protectors); Re Sesemann (Leading case re Rectification of trusts) and many others.
What the Directories Say
All the following directory quotes are derived from confidential interviews with clients:
Mark has “a deep understanding of Jersey trust law with strong practical abilities as a determined litigator. He gives sound advice that looks to the whole of the client’s needs and follows through on it” – Chambers & Partners 2019.
“He is very bright and tenacious and very good at working with a team.” – Chambers & Partners 2018.
Mark Renouf handles significant professional discipline, competition law and trust cases, including one concerning if assets placed in a Jersey foundation could be attacked by a claimant ex-spouse in Australian family law proceedings. – Legal 500, 2017.
Mark is commended as a “very active and innovative litigator” by impressed observers, who reveal that he is a “partner with whom you can have a good working relationship.”
“Passionate and enthusiastic” – Legal 500, 2016.
“Mark is a well respected expert in the field of enforcement of foreign judgments against trusts and can be relied on for prompt and well reasoned advice.”
Chambers & Partners 2016 (Offshore – Dispute Resolution)
Mark is a well respected expert in the field of enforcement of foreign judgments against trusts and can be relied on for prompt and well reasoned advice. – Chambers & Partners, 2014
Mark Renouf is praised by one client as a “walking encyclopaedia on the law relating to trusts in the Channel Islands.” Another states that “he takes considered views, is very calm and careful and does not rush to conclusions.”