“Max Hope is very well respected. He is quick to solve issues and has an impressive in-depth knowledge of corporate litigation. He’s likeable, professional, and tenacious.” The Legal 500, Recommended Lawyer, 2021.
Max has 20 years’ experience resolving a broad variety of complex corporate, commercial, and personal disputes through litigation, arbitration, and mediation. His litigation and mediation practice is focussed on the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, and often involves international elements.
Areas of specialist expertise include breaches of directors’ duties, shareholder disputes including unfair prejudice petitions, professional negligence, fraud, investment disputes, insurance disputes, regulatory investigations, breaches of contractual terms and warranties, loss of reputation and intellectual property litigation.
Max joined Phillips as a partner in 2018, having previously practiced since 2002 with Linklaters, CMS, and Clyde & Co.
Max spent 4 years in-house as Assistant General Counsel to global insurer MS Amlin between 2014 and 2018.
Recent work highlights:
- Acting for the former Chief Commercial Officer of an international online marketplace in a £17m claim for shares accrued during employment.
- Bringing a regulatory claim against a top 50 international law firm for various breaches of fiduciary duties and undue duress.
- Pursuing a £4m unfair prejudice petition in the High Court on behalf of an exiting CEO of a television shopping channel.
- Appealing a case to the Supreme Court concerning carefully balanced points on restitution law and unjust enrichment.
- Acting as mediator in the break-up of a £100m family company following a dispute between shareholders and directors.
- 1997 – 2000 King’s College London, LLB (2.1)
- 2000 – 2001 Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (LPC)
- 2009 – Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (Commissioned)
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