Mark Watson-Gandy

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Mark Watson-Gandy
Born (1967-11-08) November 8, 1967 (age 51)
Known forfounder of KidsMBA
Spouse(s)Emanuella Giavarra

Mark Watson-Gandy (born 1967) is a barrister, UK law professor, author, and company chairman.[1] He is known for being the founder of KidsMBA.

Early life[edit]

Mark Watson-Gandy was born on 8 November 1967, the son of Alastair Watson-Gandy and Barbara Madry.[2] He attended Dr_Challoner's Grammar School in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. He then studied at the University of Essex and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) (Hons.).


Watson-Gandy was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1990 to practice law as a member of the Inner Temple. He was admitted to the Eastern Caribbean Bar (British Virgin Islands) in 2013 and to the Bar of the Dubai International Financial Centre in 2017.[3] He was a Junior Counsel to the Crown between 2000-2012. In 1999 he was appointed a visiting professor at the University of Westminster, where he created and taught the LL.M. (Master of Laws) degree program in Corporate Finance Law.[4] He is also a special lecturer at Cass Business School.[5] Presently he practises as a barrister at Three Stone Chambers.

Beginning in 2013, Watson-Gandy represented Craig Whyte in litigation over the financing of Whyte's ill-fated acquisition, the Rangers Football Club of Glasgow, Scotland.[6] He also served as counsel to the court-appointed trustee in litigation leading to the overturning of the UK bankruptcy of Tom McFeely, a property developer and former IRA hunger striker.[7] He was also counsel for the court-appointed amicus curiae in litigation over the collapse of the Stanford International Bank in Antigua and of Fairfield Sentry (Bernie Madoff's investment fund) in the British Virgin Islands. He was counsel for the Conference of Bishops on the state visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the United Kingdom.[8] He also advised Gurkha veterans in the all-party parliamentary group inquiry into Gurkha pensions.[9]

Mark Watson-Gandy is an active member of the boards of several companies and not-for-profit organizations and holds the following positions:

In 2015, Watson-Gandy called for children to receive basic business education at school and formed Kids MBA Ltd to offer such courses.[18]


Books by Mark Watson-Gandy[edit]


Watson-Gandy is the co-editor of Butterworths Corporate Law Service, Lexis Nexis (Company Law: co-editor since 2008). His past editorships have included assistant editor of the Family Court Reporter, local government editor of Justice of the Peace Magazine and editor of Litigation, the legal journal.[23]

Writing and Speaking[edit]

Since 1997 he has written a monthly column for Business Money, the commercial finance magazine.[24] He has written and spoken on legal issues and business education in a wide variety of other publications and forums as well.

Personal life[edit]

Mark Watson-Gandy is married to Emanuella Giavarra, a distinguished authority on European copyright matters. Together they live in Blackheath, London with their two children. He owns the ancient monument known as Myrton Castle, in Wigtownshire, Scotland.

Honours and decorations[edit]

Freedoms: Freedom of the City of London [25]


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  2. ^ Mosley, Charles, editor. Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003, Volume 2, page 2848
  3. ^ "Mark Watson-Gandy - Barristers - Three Stone".
  4. ^ "Prof Mark Watson-Gandy - University of Westminster -".
  5. ^ "Cass Professor nominated for 2009".
  6. ^ "Ex-Rangers owner Craig Whyte begins appeal against Ticketus ruling". HeraldScotland.
  7. ^ "Developer McFeely bankruptcy overturned following challenge".
  8. ^ "In the City: Edward Fennell".
  9. ^ "In the City: Edward Fennell".
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  12. ^ "Fortuna 50: The UK's fastest growing women-led small businesses - The Centre for Entrepreneurs".
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  14. ^ Fennell, Edward. "In the City: Edward Fennell".
  15. ^ "Professional Conduct".
  16. ^ LTD., bOnline. "Officers & Court - Scriveners Company in London".
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  18. ^ Singh, Rani. "'We Need An MBA For Kids,' Says Advocate".
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  20. ^ Fennell, Edward. "In the City: happy days are here again — or is that just for the legal profession?".
  21. ^ "Wildy & Sons Ltd — The World's Legal Bookshop Search Results for isbn: '9781858116006'".
  22. ^ "Wildy & Sons Ltd — The World's Legal Bookshop Search Results for isbn: '9781858116006'".
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  24. ^ "City barrister Professor Mark Watson-Gandy explains about early neutral evaluation".
  25. ^ "Agenda item - List of applicants for the Freedom of the City:". 23 April 2015.