Mark Woodcock

Partner, McDowell Purcell

As the Head of the firm’s Insolvency and Restructuring Department, Mark has acted in many high profile liquidations, receiverships and examinerships of recent years.

In addition, Mark advises senior bankers in many of the lending institutions in Ireland and is involved in multiple High Court, Commercial Court and Supreme Court proceedings against defaulting borrowers, personal guarantors and syndicated property companies and partnerships.

Mark also has considerable experience in commercial litigation generally, dealing with many areas, from shareholder and partnership breakdown to various forms of contractual and tortious disputes.

As an experienced public speaker, Mark lectures in the Law Society of Ireland and in Chartered Accountants Ireland on insolvency law. He is a founding member of ISIP (the Irish Society of Insolvency Practitioners), sits on the Technical Committee and was recently elected to the Council. He is also an active member of Insol Europe and has contributed to many publications in journals, including the Irish Times and Accountancy Ireland.


Chambers Europe 2018
Mark Woodcock of McDowell Purcell Solicitors is an experienced practitioner with a strong reputation for advising banks and insolvency practitioners on receiverships, examinerships and liquidations. He is also well placed to assist with contentious matters, acting against defaulting borrowers and syndicated property companies. One client notes: "He is someone that I would trust to advise any directors or shareholders of distressed companies." This source adds: "His manner is very approachable and friendly which helps to put people at ease." Chambers Europe 2017
Mark Woodcock of McDowell Purcell Solicitors is "a fearsome litigator," according to sources, who say that he offers the "perfect blend of sharp technical skill sets combined with a very tough negotiating style." Of late, he assisted Toomey Leasing Group with the insolvency of Appleyard Motors. Legal 500 EMEA 2017
Dispute Resolution: Mark Woodcock is ‘a great negotiator of insolvency disputes’. The team is particularly well regarded for its regulatory work. Insolvency and Corporate Restructuring: The ‘very experienced’ Mark Woodcock leads the team at McDowell Purcell, which handles contentious matters for clients such as the Bank of Ireland. Legal 500 EMEA 2016
Mark Woodcock leads a team of ‘great negotiators’ at McDowell Purcell. The firm recently advised the Bank of Ireland Mortgage Bank on enforcement litigation, and also assisted Duff and Phelps in relation to a highly contentious examinership. NAMA is another key client of the firm.