Max Marenbon


Year of Call: 2020 (Solicitor 2018)

Portrait of Max Marenbon

Practice Overview

Max is a commercial chancery junior with a particular focus on civil fraud, company and insolvency disputes. He appears in some of today’s most high-profile commercial litigation and in precedent-setting commercial and chancery cases:

  • Ras Al-Khaimah Investment Authority v Azima and others, part of a long-running litigation concerning allegations of fraud, perjury and computer hacking. Settled shortly before a ten-week trial listed to be heard by Mr Justice Michael Green in 2024.  Acted for the Fourth Additional Defendant, led by Antony White KC and Ben Silverstone.
     
  • Glenea Contracts v Friel [2024] EWHC 1243 (Ch).  Sole counsel for the successful claimant in this three-day employee fraud trial, establishing constructive trusteeship and obtaining a c. £1m judgment inclusive of interest and costs.
     
  • Re Klimvest plc [2023] 1 BCLC 388, on whether a listed plc can have a  purpose or ‘substratum’, failure of which is a ground for winding-up, distinct from its constitutional ‘objects’, and whether a listed plc can be a quasi-partnership. Represented the successful petitioner, led by Daniel Lightman KC.
     
  • Kennedy v The Official Receiver [2022] BPIR 1536, on whether the Court should have regard to the facts of similar cases when determining the tariff of a Bankruptcy Restrictions Order.  Sole counsel for the successful appellant.

Max is regularly instructed to appear as sole counsel in the High Court and County Courts and has assisted as junior counsel with cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Max is also a Registered Part II Practitioner before the DIFC Courts and is developing a practice in the Middle East, focusing on the DIFC and ADGM. 

Before transferring to the Bar, Max qualified as a solicitor at a leading private client litigation firm. In 2018-19, he was Judicial Assistant to Lord Wilson at the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. He was previously a Senior Researcher on the Commercial and Common Law Team at the Law Commission of England and Wales, having read Classics at Oxford, converted to law, and then gained an LLM in Commercial Law from Cambridge, specialising in corporate governance and corporate finance law.

News & Events

  • News

    High Court ruling approved in Glenea Contracts Limited v Phillip Friel [2024] EWHC 1243 (Ch)

    High Court ruling: Manager overpaying himself from company account deemed a true trustee Businesses that fall victim to employee fraud... Read More

    News

    The Courts increasingly read implicit protections for bankrupt individuals into statutory powers, say Max Marenbon and Anneliese Mondschein in a recent article for the New Law Journal

    In modern English bankruptcy law, the courts restrict their broad statutory powers by finding implicit procedural protections for bankrupt individuals,... Read More

  • Events

    Serle Court 6th International Trusts & Commercial Litigation Conference 2023

    Location: New York City
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Education & Qualifications

LLM (First), University of Cambridge 

GDL, City University

BA Classics, University of Oxford

Appointments

Registered Part II Practitioner before the DIFC Courts – 2024

Memberships

Commercial Bar Association

Chancery Bar Association

Young Fraud Lawyers’ Association

Awards

Postgraduate Law Prize, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

Duns Scotus Medieval Philosophy Prize, University of Oxford

Academic Scholarship, St Hugh’s College, Oxford

CPE Award, Gray’s Inn

News & Events

  • News

    High Court ruling approved in Glenea Contracts Limited v Phillip Friel [2024] EWHC 1243 (Ch)

    High Court ruling: Manager overpaying himself from company account deemed a true trustee Businesses that fall victim to employee fraud... Read More

    News

    The Courts increasingly read implicit protections for bankrupt individuals into statutory powers, say Max Marenbon and Anneliese Mondschein in a recent article for the New Law Journal

    In modern English bankruptcy law, the courts restrict their broad statutory powers by finding implicit procedural protections for bankrupt individuals,... Read More

  • Events

    Serle Court 6th International Trusts & Commercial Litigation Conference 2023

    Location: New York City Read More

    Events Hub

    6th International Trusts & Commercial Litigation Conference 2023

    Location: Read More