Marc Beaumont

Marc Beaumont FCIArb. (born 6th March 1963) is an English Barrister called to the Bar at Gray´s Inn in 1985.

Direct Access to Barristers

Marc was the architect in 2000 of the original scheme of direct access to the Bar. Since 2004, he has become a recognised pioneer of and innovator in the field of direct access to the Bar and has built arguably the leading on-line barrister direct access practice in England & Wales. But despite being known as “Mr Direct Access,” Marc works closely with UK and international law firms and other instructing entities. He is now authorised to conduct litigation in his own right.

Marc was a 4-time elected member of the plenary Bar Council between 1996 and 2010 and Vice Chairman of the Bar Council’s Access to the Bar Committee from 2009 to 2012. Marc Beaumont was the Chairman of the UK Public Access Bar Association (PABA) from 2007 to 2013. He has been appointed its Lifetime President in recognition of his extraordinary (albeit unsung) contribution to the creation of the Bar’s Public Access scheme – a scheme now embraced by the majority of practising Barristers. He acted in the first direct access case to reach the English Court of Appeal, GE Capital Bank Ltd v Rushton & Jenking [2006] 1 WLR 899, in recognition of which he was The London Times’ “Lawyer of the Week” in 2006. It was Marc Beaumont who alone advocated successfully on the Bar Council that the Bar Public Access scheme be further expanded to allow Barristers to conduct correspondence (something the English Bar had never done before).

Defending Lawyers

Marc has been active throughout his career in the defence of other lawyers (especially Barristers) in professional disciplinary proceedings. In 2012, he was described on the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme as, “the Barrister’s Barrister,” a public accolade deriving from his successful and fearless defence of a number of Barristers in disciplinary proceedings. He is a prominent advocate of adherence to due process in such proceedings and is an outspoken critic of the Bar Standards Board, the Bar’s regulator, especially on issues of non-disclosure of evidence. The revelation in 2012 of systemic maladministration of the Bar’s disciplinary processes over many years, led Marc Beaumont to describe the system as being in a “shambolic state,” when others were not willing to be so candid, a description that was broadcast in the media. Marc Beaumont has obtained a number of notable victories against the legal regulators in high profile cases such as O’Connor v Bar Standards Board [2012] 17th August, a case that has expanded the direct access functions a Barrister may perform and Okoronkwo v Solicitors Regulation Authority [2008] EWCA Civ 1572. In Kaur v Institute of Legal Executives [2011] EWCA Civ 1168, Marc Beaumont was rebuffed several times by the lower Courts, but eventually persuaded the English Court of Appeal that it was unlawful for ILEX Councillors and its Vice President to sit as a disciplinary tribunal when ILEX was also the prosecutor. In July 2012, it was revealed by the Council of the Inns of Court that about 700 disciplinary findings of guilt against Barristers had been procured before panels of ineligible Barrister and lay members. Marc Beaumont acted as junior counsel in the 2 ensuing test cases of Russell v Bar Standards Board [2012] 12th July and in April 2013.  He also acted in the leading Divisional Court case in this area in the summer of 2013:   Reg (M and others) v Bar Standards Board.  Marc is the architect of BCAS, the disciplinary and advisory service for Barristers created in 1996. His active lobbying for funded disciplinary defence resulted in the adoption by Bar Mutual of a scheme of such funding in 2006.

Legal practice – England & Wales

Marc Beaumont is a specialist in High Court judicial review work having appeared in a number of leading cases, most recently the landmark decision of the Court of Appeal in Kaur v Institute of Legal Executives [2011] EWCA Civ 1168, as well as leading cases in the UK education law field such as Reg v Rotherham MBC ex parte Clark & others [1998] 2 ELR 152, CA.  He has also been listed as a leading Barrister outside London in Commercial law. He has specialised in property and banking law for many years, having acted in the landmark House of Lords decision in Abbey National v Cann [1991] 1 AC 56, when he was only 4 years of call. He is the author of “Effective Mortgage Enforcement” (1998).

International practice

Marc Beaumont is an active member of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. He was called to the New York Bar as a FLC in 2013. He offers a niche consultancy in English commercial law and ADR in Manhattan.  He is a currently UK Co-Chair of the NYSBA International Section.

ADR

Marc Beaumont is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (with a Diploma in International Arbitration) is an Arbitrator and an experienced commercial Mediator, accredited by the London School of Psychotherapy & Counselling (2004). He is a member of the LCIA and NYIAC.

Marc Beaumont serves on the panel of Arbitrators at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Summary

Education

Haberdashers’ Aske’s School, Elstree,

University of Manchester LLB, 1981-1984

Inns of Court School of Law, 1984-1985

Mediator accredited at London School of Psychotherapy & Counselling, 2004

MCIArb. Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 2013

FCIArb. Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 2015 (Diploma in International Arbitration)

Admitted to the New York Bar as Foreign Legal Consultant, 2013

Appointments

Member of the panel of arbitrators at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland

Current UK Co-Chair of New York State Bar Association, International Section

New York State Bar Association, International Section, Executive Committee

Former Vice-Chair Bar Council, Access to the Bar Committee

Former, inaugural Chairman, Public Access Bar Association

Lifetime President, Public Access Bar Association

4, 3-year terms as an elected Member of the Bar Council

Bar Council International Business Development Committee

Marc Beaumont has served on many of the English Bar Council’s main Committees and working parties, on the Committees of the South Eastern Circuit Bar Mess and the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association.

Memberships

Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

South Eastern Circuit

American Bar Association, Section of International Law

New York State Bar Association

New York International Arbitration Center, founding member

Society of English and American Lawyers

Swiss Arbitration Association