Mark Strachan SC, KC (England & Wales)

Call 2002 (Hong Kong)
Silk 2013 (Hong Kong), 1987 (England & Wales)


English, French


T: +852 2840 1130

Secretary: Ms. Juliana Chan



“Interviewees speak of him with deep respect, one calling him “a near-legendary practitioner and a very powerful strategist with a very sound grip of the case” while another describes him as “a joy to see in court – very thorough on the papers and making his points so eloquently”: Chambers and Partners Client Guide, 2022

Asialaw’s Lifetime Achievement Award “to honour an individual on the basis of the impact of their work over the course of their career.”

Commercial and civil litigation and arbitration, involving a full range of commercial and constitutional disputes, including disputes with international elements, banking disputes, professional negligence claims etc.

Mark Strachan received his M.A. and B.C.L. from the University of Oxford.  Since taking silk he has acted as leading counsel for numerous substantial corporations, banks and financial institutions and for various governments and individuals in England, Hong Kong and elsewhere on a full range of commercial and constitutional matters. He has been instructed in numerous multi-week commercial trials and arbitrations and in innumerable interlocutory applications in commercial matters, both in England and in Hong Kong. He now practises primarily in Hong Kong, being regularly instructed by most of Hong Kong’s major firms of solicitors dealing with commercial work.

Mark Strachan’s practice has included a number of civil cases involving commercial fraud both in England and in Hong Kong. In consequence, he has frequently dealt with the impact of fraud on commercial actions.

Mark Strachan is frequently instructed to conduct cases outside Hong Kong, both in England and elsewhere.

Practice Areas

General Civil Litigation
Commercial Law
Company Law
International Law
Banking Law
Trust Law
Administrative and Public Law
  • Recorder (part-time judge) in England
  • Deputy High Court Judge in England
  • Head of Chambers at 3 Hare Court, Temple, London (1995-2002
  • Open Exhibition, St Catherine’s College, Oxford
  • Inner Temple Scholar
  • French Government Scholar

Various articles published in Modern Law Review, New Law Journal and Solicitor Journal

Awarded Asialaw’s Lifetime Achievement Award, being Asialaw’s Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution award “to honour an individual on the basis of the impact of their work over the course of their career”. Mark Strachan is the only barrister to have received this Award; all other recipients have been appellate judges.

In Chambers and Partners Client Guide, Mark Strachan has been placed in the top band of leading silks in Hong Kong for many years.

Some of the comments made about him are:

  • In the 2011 Guide he was described as “an undisputed top silk”. Sources say “he is a very diligent advocate who has a drive to win””.
  • In the 2013 Guide he was said to be a “superb advocate and a bright and extremely capable practitioner”.
  • In the 2016 Guide, it was said that one source notes: “He is extremely experienced, very meticulous, the level of service you get is incredible and he brings gravitas and a sense of real importance to any argument he makes.”.
  • In the 2017 Guide it was said that he was a “very effective advocate with real gravitas who is very trusted by the courts” across a broad range of commercial and civil issues and is described by one interviewee as “the most meticulous counsel I have ever worked with”.
  • In the 2018 Guide, it is said that he is “a very experienced barrister, incredibly thorough with a flair for advocacy.”

In the 2023 Guide, Mark Strachan is ranked as a Senior Statesperson who is “noted for combining his accomplished commercial practice with an equally expert constitutional law practice. He is highly regarded by banks, financial services entities and corporations for his handling of commercial fraud, professional negligence and contentious banking matters.”