Max Mallin

Call: 1993

Education: MA (Cantab)

Languages: Italian, Spanish & conversational French

Practice specialisms:


Tel: 020 7831 6381 (Ext. 440)

Max's clerk:
Matthew Curness

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Before coming to the Bar Max Mallin spent a number of years working in international investment banking, both on Wall Street and in the City. He worked in international capital markets first as a trader and ultimately as head of international bond trading. This experience gives him significant expertise in financial markets litigation and cases in this area have included disputes in commodity and foreign exchange markets; claims for negligent advice in relation to financial investments; cases concerning spread-betting in financial instruments and, more recently, the mis-selling of interest rate swaps and other derivative instruments.

Max's practice covers all aspects of general commercial and company-related litigation with a particular focus on:

  • Contract disputes
  • Commercial fraud (including claims by liquidators)
  • Financial markets disputes
  • Partnership disputes
  • Conflicts of laws and jurisdictional issues
  • Shareholder disputes (including minority shareholder petitions)
  • Claims against directors (including such claims by liquidators)
  • Arbitration claims
  • Professional negligence

What others say

Max is recommended by Chambers UK for commercial chancery, commercial dispute resolution and civil fraud as well as by Legal 500 in commercial litigation, civil fraud and company. Undoubtedly, Max's expertise contributed to 11 SB being ranked as a leading set for company & partnership for the first time in Legal 500 2013. Recent testimonials highlight:

Draws on his investment banking background to handle disputes arising in the financial and banking sector. He is typically instructed on shareholder disputes and claims of breach of duty. Expertise: peers comment that "he is a tough opponent, but he is silky smooth and very nice to deal with." (Chancery: commercial - Chambers UK 2014 and Chambers Global 2014)

Particularly noted for his detailed banking and finance expertise. He is flagged up by commentators as a junior very much on the rise. Expertise: "Offers excellent analysis and good client skills." "A valued advocate, he's very commercial, very approachable and very user-friendly." Recent work: he acted unled for two defendants in Dubai Islamic Bank v PSI & Others, a Commercial Court case involving USD450 million claims linked to allegations of fraud. (Commercial dispute resolution - Chambers UK 2014 and Chambers Global 2014)

Well placed to advise on fraud claims arising in the financial sector. He is a senior junior with a strong reputation in the commercial arena. Expertise: "He's a tough opponent but silky smooth and very nice to deal with." Recent work: he acted as sole counsel to the second defendant in a USD450 million fraud claim brought by Dubai Islamic Bank. (Fraud: civil - Chambers UK 2014)

Max Mallin is "a pleasure to work with". (Company - Legal 500 2013)

… recommended along with Max Mallin, who brings his background as an investment banker to bear on cases concerning financial markets and shareholder disputes. He also handles breach of duty claims with regularity. Sources consider him to be "user-friendly, commercial, well prepared for court and a fierce advocate". (Chancery: commercial – Chambers UK 2013)

At the same set, Max Mallin provides "excellent analysis" in conjunction with "good client skills". Instructing solicitors offer much in the way of praise: "Mallin is articulate and very commercial. He ticks all the boxes". (Commercial dispute resolution – Chambers UK 2013)

Max Mallin is "exceptional" according to interviewees, who further praise him as an "adventurous advocate". A former banker, he has a head for figures and is comfortable with complex financial transactions. This no doubt helped him when acting in a USD450 million claim by Dubai Islamic Bank arising out of an alleged receivables fraud. (Fraud: civil – Chambers UK 2013)

Max Mallin ‘performs well on his feet’... (Fraud: civil - Legal 500 2012)

Max Mallin enjoys the support of instructing solicitors for the depth and breadth of his knowledge base. His extensive understanding of financial disputes is underlined by his background in investment banking. (Chancery: commercial - Chambers UK 2012)

At the same set, Max Mallin also impresses market observers as an "astute and user-friendly" junior. Having worked in international investment banking before being called to the Bar, Mallin's practice is centred on commercial disputes arising within financial markets. (Commercial dispute resolution - Chambers UK 2012)

Max Mallin brings considerable real-world experience to bear on his cases as he is a former investment banker. Sources were quick to praise him as "generous with his time, friendly, and someone who comes across well to judges and clients alike". (Fraud: civil - Chambers UK 2012)

Mallin is a "smooth advocate" who one instructing solicitor considers to be "the most approachable barrister I've instructed". He recently represented the claimant in a multimillion-dollar breach of fiduciary duty claim. (Commercial dispute resolution - Chambers UK 2011)

Max Mallin brings a penetrating insight into the financial world, having worked as a merchant banker prior to his call to the Bar. Solicitors warm to him as he is "hard-working, very clever and driven". Mallin has been acting for the liquidators of Convergence Group in relation to a number of actions against former directors. (Fraud: civil - Chambers UK 2011)

Max Mallin has considerable experience... (Fraud: civil - Legal 500 2010)

Max Mallin is a highly respected authority in finance litigation and commercial fraud. Sources agree that his unique insight into the world of high finance is, in part, a result of his pre-Bar incarnation as an international bond trader on Wall Street and in the City. (Commercial dispute resolution - Chambers UK 2010)

Max Mallin's former career as a banker assists him greatly in handling financial markets disputes and commercial fraud matters. In court, he is "quick on his feet, bullish and forthright", say interviewees. Lately he has been engaged in Rosenberg v Nazarov, a case relating to damages for conspiracy and breach of fiduciary duty in a partnership and joint venture. (Fraud: civil - Chambers UK 2010)

Max Mallin is "strikingly good, thorough, hard working and straight". (Fraud: civil - Legal 500 2009)

"Terrific advocate" Max Mallin inspires confidence in his clients. His practice focuses on major commercial and company disputes, with particular emphasis on commercial fraud, financial markets issues and general contract litigation. Mallin engenders further praise for his "ability to see the bigger picture" and the fact that "he leaves the ostentatious stuff at the door and focuses on the core issues". (Fraud: civil - Chambers UK 2009)

"Few understand finance-related litigation and commercial fraud better than Max Mallin. A man with Wall Street and City banking experience, he is "utterly au fait with the world of high finance". (Commercial dispute resolution - Chambers UK 2009)

"Down to earth" Max Mallin of 11 Stone Buildings puts his banking background to good use and has impressed clients in a number of high-profile travel fraud cases." (Chambers UK 2009)

"Excellent advocate" Max Mallin, formerly an investment banker, garners significant accolades. (Fraud: civil - Legal 500 2008)

Specialising in large-scale litigation and arbitration, 11 Stone Buildings' Max Mallin is noted for his expertise in contractual issues and his affinity with financial markets. "Clients like him a lot" and peers describe him as a "reliable presence" in court. (Commercial dispute resolution - Chambers UK 2008)

Max Mallin obtains plaudits for "always being on his A-game". (Fraud: civil - Chambers UK 2008)

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