Mark Side

Partner, Head of Litigation & Dispute Resolution

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Mark Side was born in England and studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University. Mark is a commercial litigation solicitor and mediator.


Mark was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1986 and worked in the City of London before moving to Hong Kong in 1992.


After qualifying as a solicitor in Hong Kong, Mark worked at two City of London international law firms. Before joining Tanner De Witt in 2000, Mark headed the litigation department of one of Hong Kong's largest law firms.


Mark has conducted one of the largest cases in Hong Kong concerning the extent of a barrister's professional duty, which generated litigation in Hong Kong, England and various courts in the United States of America. For a number of years Mark conducted litigation in Hong Kong for a major Chinese bank and handled cases concerning letters of credit and the extent of a banker's duty of care to non-customers.


Mark has extensive commercial litigation experience in both the UK and HK and has worked on restrictive covenant cases involving departing partners of law firms.


A part of Mark's work is for The Law Society's Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and the Disciplinary Committee of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and involves the hearing of professional negligence complaints within these professions.


Mark is a CEDR accredited mediator (see the website at In recent years Mark has operated extensively as a mediator and as a solicitor to parties involved in mediations.


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