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Mark Needham

Mark Needham


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Mark is a partner of Hannaford Turner and an acknowledged industry expert in superyacht, private jet and luxury asset related legal matters offering a comprehensive practice within these niche areas of law. 

Mark is consistently ranked as a global ‘leader in the field’ of Superyachts in the Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guides, featuring in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 guides with clients commenting “[he] is characterised by an outstanding work ethic” and “is very good at dealing with all different types of situations”.

On the transactional side Mark is actively involved in yacht construction, yacht sale and purchase and yacht finance work and is regularly involved in projects ranging from the construction of fully custom superyachts of a variety of sizes including yachts exceeding 130 metres in length through to the sale and purchase of sport and sailing yachts, tenders, support vessels and everything in between. 

Mark regularly advises on appropriate superyacht ownership structures, VAT/Tax related matters, crew employment, berth sale and purchase and regulatory compliance.

In addition to his superyacht practice, Mark also assists clients with the sale, purchase and ownership of private jets, helicopters and aviation engines.

Mark holds higher rights of audience entitling him to practice and appear before the highest courts of England and Wales including the Supreme Court. He is skilled at resolving high value disputes and regularly represents his clients interests in private arbitrations under a variety of rules as well as litigation in the commercial courts.

Mark enjoys building long lasting personal relationships with his clients and works with a global clientele that includes a number of the most successful business men and women in the world, their families and private family offices as well as companies operating in the ultra-luxury space. Mark co-authors the chapter on Superyacht ownership in the Private Wealth and and Private Client Review.