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Marc Livingston

Marc joined Janes Solicitors in November 2019 and is excited to complement the firm’s work in their renowned civil/tax/asset recovery litigation team.

Marc qualified as a solicitor in August 2014. He trained at a boutique firm in Manchester, specialising in insolvency litigation. He has subsequently broadened his practice and experience having worked in the insolvency and litigation departments at other boutique firms located in London as well as gaining in-house litigation experience at a central government department.

His main practise is now as a general civil litigator, specifically in fields such as commercial litigation, insolvency litigation, public law and tax litigation.

Whilst at Janes, Marc has been instructed in a number of high-profile Contempt of Court cases within the civil courts, including the leading case of Andreewitch v Moutreuil in which the Court of Appeal confirmed a Respondent’s right to silence in contempt proceedings.

Marc is also a qualified Solicitor Advocate having obtained his Higher Rights of Audience (Civil), which allows him to represent and advocate for clients in civil matters in the High Court.

Marc also has an interest in matters concerning Public International Law and was awarded an LLM by Queen Mary University London in this field in 2017.

In his spare time, Marc is an avid follower of current affairs, whilst continuing to support his beloved Glasgow Celtic from afar.


  • LLM Public International Law, Queen Mary University of London 2016-2017;
  • LPC, BPP Law School 2011-2012;
  • GDL, BPP Law School 2008-2009;
  • BA(Econ) Politics, University of Manchester 2005-2008

Notable cases

  • Andreewitch v Moutreuil [2020] EWCA Civ 382 – a precedent setting case in the Court of Appeal which confirmed that Respondents who are subject to Contempt proceedings should be afforded the right to silence;
  • Atkinson & Glyn Mummery & Anor v Varma & Ors [2020] EWHC 1868 (Ch) (13 July 2020) – Instructed on behalf of the Respondent in a Contempt trial in the High Court;
  • Successfully arguing on behalf of a Respondent in the High Court that in Contempt proceedings where an Applicant is Bankrupt, the proceedings must vest in the Trustee in Bankruptcy;
  • Ongoing work in relation to the high-profile inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire;
  • Acting for the directors of a company in liquidation in respect of allegations of Preference and Transactions at an Undervalue;
  • Projectsfunder Ltd v Supercapital Ltd [2019] EWHC 1162 (Ch) - Successfully obtaining an injunction for the return of monies (approximately £250,000) that were being held unlawfully by a financial institution;
  • Acting for the Defendants in a claim for breach of a loan agreement and unjust enrichment valued at approximately £10 million.
  • A successful application for a freezing order against an individual who was deliberately dissipating his assets;
  • Negotiating a settlement at mediation in respect of an alleged fraudulent misrepresentation in the sale of a property;
  • Obtaining an injunction in respect of works undertaken in breach of the Party Wall Act;
  • Successfully applying for relief from sanction on behalf of a client who had not participated in Directors’ Disqualification proceedings against him on account of ill-health;
  • Acting in an appeal against HMRC’s refusal to allow a capital loss where ordinary shares acquired at market value under an option were converted into worthless deferred shares subsequently repurchased by the company for £1, which was of note as the transaction concerned the purchase of a Premier League Football Club;
  • Acting for a Premier League Football Club in a successful strike out Application;
  • Acted for a Football League club in a dispute with another club over a sell-on fee in relation to one of their ex-players;
  • Aviareps PLC v Parivash Kiani – representing a Defendant who was being pursued by her former employer for allegedly fabricating evidence in a personal injury claim. The skilled mitigation we put forward for the Defendant prevented an immediate custodial sentence;
  • Business Mortgage Finance 4 Plc & Ors v Hussain [2022] EWHC 449 (Ch) – Acting for a banker who was subject to a bench warrant for his non-attendance at a contempt trial. We managed to obtain authority from the Court to instruct a Queen’s Counsel under our legal aid representation order;
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd v Khan & Ors (Rev1) [2022] EWHC 45 (Ch) and on appeal [2022] EWCA Civ 287 – acting for a prominent solicitor who was being pursued by her regulator for contempt of court. We arranged for her bench warrant to be discharged, and prevented the Court from summarily striking her off as a solicitor. We then managed to obtain funding for Queen’s Counsel to represent her on appeal; 
  • Walsh v Decca Capital Ltd & Anor [2020] EWHC 3475 (Ch) – acting for the Claimant in a successful application for permission to bring contempt proceedings on the basis that the petitioner in Company/Insolvency Proceedings had intentionally included a false statement in his pleadings and evidence. Successfully argued that there was a prima-facie case of contempt and it was in the public interest for permission to be given;


“Contempt and the right to silence (Andreewitch v Moutreuil)” – This article was first published by LexisPSL on 26 March 2020

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