Mark Dobbin

Business, Energy, Real Estate

Title: Partner

Tel: 0191 226 7876

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Mark is a Partner and heads up our Real Estate department. He has extensive experience acting as lead lawyer for developers, investors and financial institutions on a wide range of complex transactions.


  • Advising on large scale developments including those within the energy waste and natural resources sectors;
  • Acting for residential developers in connection with land acquisition involving complex site assembly, joint venture arrangements, conditional contracts, options, pre-emptions development agreements and infrastructure agreements;
  • Development agreements and easement arrangements in relation to industrial land development. Mark has particular expertise in connection with the complex land arrangements in the Tees Valley particularly with regard to land used for chemical and logistics purposes;
  • Lead lawyer in relation to large investment portfolios and associated estate management.

Outside of work Mark likes to spend time with his family and enjoys sailing and other outdoor pursuits.

Client/professional quotes:

Mark has been was recommended by the Legal 500 since 2017. He was listed as a leading individual in the Legal 500 2024 Guide, where it was said “Mark Dobbin and his commercial property team with its steady approach gives us negotiation confidence.”

The Legal 500 2023 Guide stated “Mark Dobbin is of the highest quality. He studies contracts in great detail, thinks about how best to resolve issues and negotiates the changes on your behalf whilst maintaining excellent relations with the other party. Brilliant legal mind, impressive negotiating skills, pragmatic, creative and always polite and courteous to all involved. 10/10.”

The Legal 500 2022 Guide listed Mark as a key individual where it was said the team are “excellent lawyers; dedicated, creative, problem solvers & 100% reliable.”

The 2021 Guide stated “Mark’s strengths as a property lawyer are numerous. He is a particularly gifted negotiator and acts on behalf of his clients both effectively and in a manner that is amenable and entirely non-confrontational. He is a brilliant and highly effective problem solver.

Mark was recommended in the Legal 500 2018 with the real estate team being described as “strong, diligent and attentive” and one of the biggest and most capable in the region.

He has been ranked highly and recognised as a notable practitioner in the Chambers UK Guides since 2017. One Guide said: “the approachable and likeable Mark Dobbin’s practice encompasses a range of matters including real estate finance transactions and development projects in the healthcare and energy sectors, among other areas.” Mark was also described as being “very thorough and diligent”.

Key Practice Areas

  • Real Estate
  • Residential Development
  • Energy, Renewables and Resources
  • Secured Finance
  • Investment and Portfolio Management
  • Industrial Development