I am a solicitor and Partner, Head of the Food and Drink team, consultant on all things grocery, trainer and commentator.
My focus on grocery and retail, which I’m passionate and fascinated by, comes from stints in-house at Morrisons/Iceland and helping businesses in the sector including B&M, Home Bargains, Ocado, Nisa, Wilko, Wren, Buy It Direct, Glen Dimplex, Morphy Richards, Oak Furniture Land, tofs, AO, Keelings, Kerry, Bakkavor, Reed Boardall, Advanced Supply Chain, Mondi, Gleadall, JSR Farms, Yorkshire Farmers Market.
Career highlights include acting:
- in a £11m retail (GM and food) supply dispute
- for a supplier in a £5m GSCOP de-listing dispute
- for the largest suppliers in England and Ireland delivering GSCOP training
- in a £4m partnership asset dispute
- for clients to enforce restrictive covenants and recover diverted profits
- advising on and challenging retailers’ designation under Groceries (Supply Chain Practices) Market Investigation Order
- in a judicial review claim against Natural England regarding wildlife licencing
- for grocery retailers and retail developers both bringing and defending judicial review claims
- for commodities suppliers in cross border disputes
In additional to assisting retail/grocery/supply chain businesses, I also advise businesses from all sectors in relation to disputes (commercial, consumer, procurement, public law/judicial review, vintage/classic car, shareholder) and data law.
Out Clients State Our Case:
“Mark’s guidance and support during a period of commercial uncertainty was invaluable. His knowledge of the grocery market and how to manage difficult supply situations delivered an excellent result for our business. I highly recommend Mark and Gordons.” ~ Toby Bartlett, Director of Alan Bartlett & Sons Ltd
“Mark Jones and Gordons are excellent. A business critical situation unexpectedly arose and with Mark’s advice and knowledge of the grocery sector, we were able to navigate our way through. In fact, the outcome was far better than we ever imagined it would be.” ~ Mark Salter, Managing Director, Cooking For Aisha Ltd
“We instructed Mark and Gordons because we needed a lawyer who knew grocery retail and its supply chain. His advice was invaluable when the pressure was on. He guided us through the process. I highly recommend him” ~ Matthew North, Commercial Director, Keelings (International) Ltd, and Steven Fagg, Managing Director, Keelings (International) Ltd
“Mark’s knowledge and astute thinking, combined with his commercial proactive approach, have greatly benefitted us as a business” James Clarke, Group General Counsel T.J. Morris Ltd (T/A Home Bargains)
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