Mark Ferbrache

Senior Partner


Elizabeth College, Guernsey
University of East Anglia - BA (Hons) Economics and Politics
Cambridge University - MA Law, MPhil International Relations
Caën University, France - Certificat d’Etudes Juridiques Françaises et Normandes

Professional Qualifications:

Barrister: 1987
Advocate of the Royal Court of Guernsey: 1988
Notary Public


Middle Temple
Former Committee Member of the Guernsey Bar
Royal Court Civil Procedure Review Committee
Chancery Bar Association
Committee Member of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists
International Fraud Group
The Association of Restructuring and Insolvency Experts


Island FM Limited
71FS Insurance Company Limited (Lloyds Registry)
Marlow Insurance PCC Limited


Mark was called to the English Bar in 1987 and the Guernsey Bar in 1988.  He became a partner in 2003.  In April 2007 he founded AFR Advocates with colleagues Paul Richardson and Peter Atkinson. He lectures regularly to the finance industry.


Mark Ferbrache was the author of the Guernsey Chapter of ‘Anti-Money Laundering International Law and Practice’ which is endorsed by the International Compliance Association and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.


Cases of interest include:

Messenger Insurance PCC Limited (In Administration)
Represented Ernst &Young, the administrators of Messenger, in the first administration to take place in Guernsey.  The administration was contentious, the company facing disputed claims from creditors and contingent creditors totalling approximately £45 million.

Equatorial Guinea
Advising Royal Bank of Scotland in connection with the attempted coup in Equatorial Guinea and the seizure of funds..

P H Trust
Advising in complex multi-jurisdictional trust dispute.

‘Caledonian Star’
Representing Harbour Authority in connection with the grounding of the cruise liner.

Spread Trustees (Acatos)
Representing professional trustee in dispute concerning exculpatory clauses and retrospective effect of legislation.

Vodafone;  Cable & Wireless;  Guernsey Post and Guernsey Electricity
Advising the utilities in, inter alia, the roll-out of networks, liaising/disputes with the Office of Utility Regulation..


What the Legal Directories say:

Legal 500

"... a formidable opponent".  Legal 500 2014
"... a sharp, brilliant and creative legal mind".  Legal 500 2014
"... commercial property - 'down to earth' and 'function well as a team'".  Legal 500 2014
"... has expertise in banking, utilities law and the media ... and values the lawyer/client relationship".  Legal 500 2013
"... the excellent Mark Ferbrache acts in relation to acquisitions, sales, leasing, planning, developments and property disputes".  Legal 500 2013
"... well regarded for dispute resolution".  Legal 500 2013
"... co-leads an excellent team".  Legal 500 2012
“... recognised in the field of utilities law and regulation".  Legal 500 2011
“... boasts that rare balance of being commercially aware and giving sound, honest advice”.  Legal 500 2010
“... astute with good judgment” and “having a healthy sense of humour”.  Legal 500 2010
“... an outstanding advocate who always goes the extra mile to deliver”.  Legal 500 2009
“... pragmatic, prompt and commercial; he prepares his ground well and is a good negotiator”.  Legal 500 2009

Chambers & Partners

"... is thoroughly professional.  His robust approach to things is good". Chambes UK 2015
"... he is an extremely intelligent person and he established an extremely clear but flexible battle strategy".  Chambers UK 2015
"... gives sensible and sound advice.  The service is prompt and efficient".  Chambers UK 2015
"... is absolutely first class".  Chambers Europe 2014
"... is a very good communicator and provides down-to-earth advice that makes complicated concepts simple and clear". Chambers Europe 2014
"... is a highly effective and client-friendly trial advocate who is above all an incredibly shrewd tactician". Chambers UK 2014
"... has the ability to distil very complex pieces of law into understandable, clear advice". Chambers UK 2014
"... incisive, and he considers everything in detail.  He is particularly strong on complex issues".  Chambers Europe 2012
"... has a broad practice".  Chambers UK 2012
"... an excellent combative litigator who can be relied upon for sound commercial advice”.  Chambers UK 2011
"... knowing the Guernsey court, the judges and the procedure inside-out”.  Chambers Global 2011
"... responsive, reliable and always ensures that the client’s best interests are the primary concern”.  Chambers Europe 2011
"... well known and well connected ... he’s my man in Guernsey”, and “... quick to grasp relevant issues”.  Chambers Global 2010
"... recognised for both dispute resolution and his sub-specialism in marine employment issues".  Chambers Global 2010
"... there aren’t many people who know a courtroom better than he does”.  Chambers UK 2009
"... giving sound advice and is helpful and reliable”.  Chambers UK 2009
"... gives straightforward to the point advice”.  Chambers Europe 2009

Which Lawyer?

AFR Advocates is highly recommended for dispute resolution.  Which Lawyer? 2011
Endorsed for dispute resolution and restructuring and insolvency expertise.  Which Lawyer? 2010



Mark Ferbrache:

T: +44 (0)1481 743967
F: +44 (0)1481 700171

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Mark Ferbrache

Mark Ferbrache

Senior Partner

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