• Clients praise the "pragmatic and clear" Mark Traynor as "a super hard worker who is fully committed to what he does."

    Chambers 2020

  • He offers a truly outstanding level of service

    Chambers 2019

  • "Super-efficient"

    Legal 500 2018

  • [Mark is] an 'intelligent' deputy head of department

    Legal 500 2017

  • Clients apprieciate his "knowledgeable and personal manner"

    Chamber 2018


I’m the head of Real Estate and I advise commercial, charity and not-for profit and individuals in all aspects of transactions involving commercial property.

I have particular experience of acting for education clients, including academy trusts, free schools and further education colleges and also in connection with community renewables projects involving hydro, solar and wind power generation.


  • I advised the British Film Institute in relation to its entire property portfolio

    Most recently in connection with the refurbishment of the riverfront entrance and restaurant at BFI Southbank.

  • I advised a family company on the sale (in a company structure) on the sale of a shopping centre.

    The client from whom I took instructions over a four year period is now 101 years old.

  • I advised the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in connection with all aspects of its headquarters move from Regent’s Park to Borough

    Including buying its new freehold building for a purchase price of more than £35 million.

  • I advised FM Conway Limited in relation to its property portfolio, including a recent refinancing of most of the properties.
  • I advised the Eden Project on a comprehensive restructuring of the property interests in its main site and a subsidiary site.
  • I advised WaterAid in connection with its headquarters move from Kennington to Canary Wharf.
  • I advised Save the Children Fund in relation to property matters affecting its headquarters in Farringdon.
  • I acted on the sale of a property in Stamford Hill for Jewish Care for £7.5 million. Exchange of contracts took place within 12 hours of Heads of Terms having been agreed.

Qualifications and career

  • Durham University, LLB (Hons) Law
  • Training contract with Eversheds in Nottingham and Derby, 1998
  • Admitted as a solicitor, 2000
  • Solicitor at Macfarlanes, 2001
  • Solicitor at Boodle Hatfield, 2004
  • Joined Bates Wells, 2005
  • Partner at Bates Wells, 2008

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • Trustee of the George Orwell Memorial Trust
  • Trustee of Mulberry Schools Trust and Governor of Mulberry School for Girls, Tower Hamlets
  • Advisor at the South West London Law Centres
  • Advises charities and not for profit organisations including through the Law Works for Community Group