United States of America
As well as acting for international clients, law firms and General Counsel who send their work to him in England, Marc Beaumont offers advice in English commercial law and ADR having been admitted to the New York Bar (FLC) in January 2013.
Marc is now international counsel at Rivkin Law Group in Manhattan, New York City.
Marc’s role provides UK clients with a service in the United States, whilst at the same time serving as a gateway to Europe for US companies and individuals.
Businesses, organisations and individuals in other countries may instruct Marc Beaumont directly to advise, to draft pleadings, written argument or transactional documents and to appear in Courts and Tribunals, or in Arbitrations or at Mediations, in a number of practice areas, including those set out below.
As a UK pioneer in direct access to the English Bar, direct client instruction is second nature so far as Marc is concerned (see Direct Access Barrister and biographical pages). He is widely credited with inventing the English scheme of domestic direct access now known as the Bar Public Access scheme. Marc is now operating this practice model internationally.
In-House and General Counsel thinking of using a UK law firm will access the same (or better) expertise by instructing Marc Beaumont directly to advise on English commercial law problems, but at lower cost, with fixed fees often the chosen payment model. In-House Counsel may also directly instruct Marc to act at Arbitrations and Mediations.
US Law Firms may instruct Marc Beaumont directly and without the intervention of a UK Solicitor under the English Bar’s International Practice Rules or under the Bar Direct Access scheme. Marc will travel overseas at short notice, subject to availability. Such direct instruction saves the (often very substantial) cost of an English law firm.
In many situations, it is not necessary to instruct Marc Beaumont from the USA via an English law firm, especially where such a firm would be little more than an expensive post box. The English tradition of referral to a Barrister and a Barrister’s high ethical standards, are such that a foreign law firm instructing Marc Beaumont on behalf of one of its clients will never be at risk of that client being “poached.”
Marc is willing to organise and “project-manage” work involving both foreign law firms and their English counterparts. He understands both the cultural similarities that unite and the differences that divide them. He is independent-minded and will not tolerate any unfair treatment of foreign law firms.
In 2013, Marc Beaumont acted in Reg (Mehey et al) v Bar Standards Board  16th October, High Court, Lawtel 24.10.13. This was a judicial review arising from failures of due process in the English Bar’s disciplinary arrangements. Marc’s submission that Art. 47 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights now has direct effect in the UK, was accepted by the High Court.
The Caribbean and The Privy Council
Marc Beaumont is a member of the OECS Bar Association and has a special interest in the practice of law in the Eastern Caribbean.
Marc will conduct Privy Council appeals in London from Crown dependencies, the Commonwealth and other applicable overseas territories.
International Arbitrations & Mediations
ADR: Marc Beaumont FCIArb. offers a Mediation service in all practice areas. Mediations can be conducted anywhere in the world. Please see Mediation page.
Marc is a founding individual member of the New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC) and a member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) (North American Users’ Council).
He is eligible to be instructed to appear as Counsel in Arbitrations governed by English law.
Marc Beaumont FCIArb. will act as an Arbitrator in International Commercial Arbitrations with an English Law element. He serves on the panel of Arbitrators at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland and is a member of the Swiss Arbitration Association.
Marc acts as an expert on English law in foreign proceedings. In 2017, he advised on the law of frustration of contracts in a dispute in Moscow over a disputed loan of 156 million Euros in the context of the annexation of Crimea by Russia.
Divorce: UK and USA
From May 2014, Marc Beaumont advises and represents parties in high net worth divorce proceedings with a US element.
International Affiliations & Memberships
Affiliation: On 24th January 2013, Marc Beaumont announced his affiliation with Fensterstock & Partners LLP in Manhattan, New York.
On 10th December 2013, Marc Beaumont was appointed Co-Chair of the NYSBA, London Chapter. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the NYSBA International Section.
Marc is an active member of the American Bar Association (sections of International Law, Dispute Resolution and Litigation) and the New York State Bar Association (International and Dispute Resolution Chapters).
He is a member of the Society of English and American Lawyers.
Marc Beaumont is a member of the English Bar Council’s International Business Development Committee and of its new USA interest group.
Marc was a member of the organising committee of the ABA’s Section of International Law for their Fall meeting in London in October 2013.
Marc is a member of the OECS (Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States) Bar Association
Marc Beaumont is an experienced speaker on the international stage, having addressed the International Council of Jurists in 2011 on a new model for international commercial Mediation.
In April 2012, as a member of the Chairman of the Bar’s business delegation to New York, he spoke about the practical aspects of instructing English Barristers, both at the Harvard Club of New York City and at the ABA’s Section of International Law Spring Conference.
In June 2013, Marc Beaumont spoke at the Bar Council in London at a NYSBA London Chapter seminar conducted with Mr Stephen Younger of Patterson Belknap (former NYSBA President) on ADR in International Commercial Litigation.
In October 2013, Marc Beaumont was an official delegate at a one day seminar presented by the English Bar to the NYCLA.
In March 2014, Marc spoke in Paris at the NYSBA’s Spring conference, arbitration & mediation program on bridging the differences between Civil Law and Common Law jurisdictions.
In April 2017, Marc Beaumont spoke at the NYSBA’s Spring Conference in Dublin, Ireland about the comparative regulation of lawyers in England, Ireland and New York.
Visiting from overseas
Chambers’ Windsor office is only 20 minutes from London’s Heathrow Airport in a beautiful, world famous location opposite Windsor Castle.
For those with business in Central London, meetings can be arranged at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
For a short film about the new Commercial Court complex in London known as the Rolls Building, see http://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/rcj-rolls-building/rolls-building
All meetings (in person or by Skype) are by prior appointment.
A number of international links appear on the useful resources page of this website.
Areas of work
- Arbitration (International & UK)
- Asset freezing & recovery
- Bribery & corruption
- civil fraud
- Commercial Litigation
- Company Law
- Conflicts of Law
- Contracts and Drafting
- Divorce and matrimonial assets
- European Union
- Export controls
- Financial Services
- Holocaust (Stolen Art) Restitution Act
- Human Rights and ECtHR
- Information Technology
- Insurance and re-insurance
- International fishing disputes
- International sale of goods
- International mutual cooperation
- Investment disputes
- Joint ventures
- Landlord & Tenant
- Mediation (International & UK)
- Money laundering
- Privacy and reputation
- Privy Council appeals
- Product liability
- Professional disciplinary
- Professional negligence
- Property Litigation
- SFO investigations
- Wind power