Mark is a Partner in Kennedys’ London office who specialises in marine insurance and shipping. He qualified in England and Wales in 1994 with a major international marine law firm and joined Waltons & Morse in 1997. Waltons merged with Kennedys in 2016.
He handles salvage (Lloyd’s Open Form and commercial/common law) and general average (GA) matters together with carriage of goods disputes (including liability, contractual issues and recoveries).

Mark specialises in insurance (marine and non-marine) coverage disputes and litigation, including piracy, misappropriation and other policy issues, including pleasure craft and ports and terminals involving both litigation and contractual issues.
Mark’s many years’ experience in the marine field (on both the cargo and hull side) covers, amongst others, issues of jurisdiction, limitation, collision, unseaworthiness and the International Safety Management Code. Mark’s clients are primarily worldwide insurers (including Lloyd’s syndicates and the company market) upon liability and coverage issues, including drafting policy wordings.

He was also heavily engaged in many of the Gulf of Aden piracy cases since early 2008. He has been involved in most of the major incidents and in vessels attacked off the coasts of Nigeria and Benin.

Mark has worked also on business globally including the US and across Asia, having spent part of his professional career in Hong Kong, Singapore and Vietnam.

He has presented on many topics including piracy, Lloyd’s Open Form, the Rotterdam Rules and the Institute Cargo Clauses in many jurisdictions and forums including to the International Union of Marine Insurance, Lloyd’s, London International Shipping Week and insurers worldwide.

Mark was also retained as a leading foreign expert to advise the Zurich International Shipping and Financial Research and Development Centre for the Shanghai and Pudong New Area Government on aspects of marine, insurance and cluster centre development.

Mark is a non-executive director of Maritime London, chairman of the Admiralty Solicitors Group, a member of the organising committee of the London marine Cargo Dinner, a supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association, a subscriber member of the Association of Average Adjusters and a member of the British Maritime Law Association, British Insurance Law Association and Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL).

Mark Lloyd is a smart and accessible lawyer.

Qualifications and admissions

  • Qualified in England and Wales in 1994.

Market recognition

  • Recognised in Best Lawyers UK for ‘Insurance Law' 
    Best Lawyers UK 2024
  • Notable practitioner for 'Shipping (UK-wide)'
    "Mark Lloyd is a smart and accessible lawyer".
    Chambers UK 2024
  • Notable practitioner for 'Shipping (UK-wide)'
    Chambers UK 2023
  • Notable practitioner for 'Shipping (UK-wide)'
    "Mark is a go-to lawyer for marine legal advice."
    Chambers UK 2022
  • Notable practitioner for 'Insurance: Contentious claims, reinsurance and Volume claims (UK-wide)' 
    "Mark Lloyd specialises in insurance matters, covering a wide range of issues. He has notable experience advising on cargo disputes. He is a standout, strong lawyer."
    Chambers UK 2021
  • Recommended lawyer for 'Transport: Shipping (London)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2021
  • Notable practitioner for 'Shipping (UK-wide)'
    "He's driven, very personable, communicates well, provides accurate and fast advice, and always makes himself available."
    Chambers UK 2020
  • Notable practitioner for 'Shipping (UK-wide)'
    "Highly regarded in the market for his instinct and tactical brain,"
    "An impressive lawyer who provides advice quickly and accurately and is very knowledgeable of the market."
    Chambers UK 2019
  • Recommended lawyer for 'Shipping (London)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2018/19
  • Included in the The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom 2019 for Insurance Law (London) 
  • Notable Practitioner (Band 5) for ‘Shipping (UK-wide)’
    “According to clients, Mark Lloyd is ‘very experienced and very good.’  Market sources add: ‘Everyone knows him and loves him  - he’s always been a figurehead for the firm.’ He is a respected figure in the market for his command of wet matters, with a particular emphasis on cargo recovery concerns.”
    Chambers UK 2018

Work highlights

  • Represented a substantial number of international reinsurers in relation to claims arising from the break up and loss of the “MSC NAPOLI” off the coast of the United Kingdom in January 2007. The claim was run as group litigation with substantial recoveries made.
  • Represented cargo insurers in relation to a substantial arbitration (in which cargo insurers were ultimately successful) arising from the ingress of water into the M/V “ALINA II”, a capsize bulk carrier at Saldanha Bay in 2010 (with a subsequent transhipment being required). A successful recovery was made.
  • Appointed as foreign expert advisor on two major research and development projects for global insurers on “What can be learned from the past 300 years in international shipping and finance to shape the next 20 years” and the “Comparative study of marine insurance regulatory regime worldwide and lessons for China”.
  • Involved in a very major and complex loss for cargo insurers in relation to a piracy attack on a large oil tanker together with salvage, transhipment and insurance and regulatory issues arising therefrom.
  • Assisted cargo insurers globally in relation to claims arising from the fire on board “MSC FLAMINIA” in July 2012.
  • Assisted insurers globally on issues arising from the Hanjin financial defaults.
  • Involved in a considerable number of misappropriation/stock loss issues for London and international insurers, with a decision of the High Court being reported in Englehart v Lloyds Syndicate 1221 + Ors (2018)