Mark Beer, OBE

Co-Founder of the Oxford University Deep Tech Resolution Lab, Chairman at The Metis Institute
Mark is Chairman of the Metis Institute; co-Founder of the Deep Tech Dispute Resolution Lab at Oxford University; a visiting fellow at Oxford University; and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Expert Network.

He is also the Immediate Past President of the International Association for Court Administration; Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Global Legal Action Network; a member of the Commercial Dispute Resolution Taskforce, part of the UK Government’s ‘LawTech Delivery Panel’; a visiting professor at the Shanghai University for Political Science and Law; advisor to the Boards of Resolve Disputes Online, Jur.io and Pheonix Advisors; a member of The Innovation Working Group of the Task Force on Justice focussed on addressing UN SDG 16.3; a Professional Associate with Outer Temple Chambers; and a member of the International Council of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Mark advises law firms, in-house legal teams, international financial centres and dispute resolution authorities about the future of law and justice, and their implications for strategy, innovation, modelling, workflows and client servicing. Mark also works with Governments, Judiciaries and NGOs on rule of law initiatives, particularly on the use of technology to enhance access to justice. He is a speaker and lecturer about LawTech; the future of law, commerce and dispute resolution (with a particular focus on blockchain, smart contracts, virtual assets and crypto-enforcement); and the implications and legal issues surrounding China’s Belt and Road Initiative, having addressed Governments, Universities, Rsearch Centres and the Private Sector in, among other places, China, Europe, the Middle East and Europe.

Mark served as the Chief Executive of the Dubai International Finance Centre’s Dispute Resolution Authority, Registrar General of the DIFC Courts and a Small Claims Tribunal judge for over ten years, before returning to the UK in 2018. He was also Registrar to the Dubai World Tribunal.

During his 21 years in the United Arab Emirates, Mark also held various board positions, including four years as Chairman of the British Business Group, Dubai and the Northern Emirates.

Before joining the DIFC Courts in 2008, Mark served as Regional Counsel for South Asia, Middle East and Africa, and then Vice President, Sales and Corporate Services, for MasterCard. Before that, he started his career as a company and commercial lawyer for Edge and Ellison before joining Clyde & Co in Dubai. He has also worked as a corporate finance lawyer at Man Investments in Switzerland.