“We thank you for your understanding and good advice.”Mr Challis
Mark is one of our founder directors. He specialises in property, property and construction litigation, work for small businesses, as well as wills and capital tax planning.
He is the co-author with Rosy Border of numerous books on legal matters for the popular market. With Rosy, he contributed titles in two series published by The Stationery Office. More recently, they have written books for the Pocket Lawyer series, published by Cavendish. The most recent titles are:
- Wills and estate planning
- Debt collection
- Living wills and enduring powers of attorney
- Setting up a limited company
- Letting your property
In May 2009, Mark teamed up with Professor Phillip Britton of King’s College London to write a paper for the Society of Construction Law on construction disputes in blocks of flats.
From 1993 to 1996, Mark was a member of the committee of The Gooda Walker Action Group, and the action group’s litigation sub-committee. The action group was successful in representing more than 3,000 investors in their claims against Lloyds underwriters.
Mark’s recent reported cases include:
- Burrells Wharf Freeholds Ltd v Galliard Homes Ltd  CP Rep 4, (2000) 2 TCLR 54,  2 EGLR
- Billson v Tristem  L&TR 220
- Scobie v. Fairview Land Ltd  EWHC 147 (TCC)
- Seacon Residents Company v Oshodin  UKUT 54 (LC)
- Kettel v Bloomfold Limited  EWHC 1422 (Ch)
The decision in Kettel v Bloomfold has been the subject of considerable comment in the legal press on the question of parking rights.
Away from the office, Mark is a trustee of The Poetry Trust. He is also a keen (mad?) cold water swimmer and has swum off Aldeburgh beach in every month for the last 8 years. As he sees it, the challenges of the working day hold no fears after an early morning dip in the North Sea. He is the organiser of the Aldeburgh Boxing Day, which raises money for Medecines sans Frontieres and other medical charities.
He enjoys sailing on the River Alde and was class captain of Aldeburgh’s fleet of Loch Long One Designs for 2013 and 2014. He was a district councillor on Suffolk Coastal District Council from 1987 to 1992.