Mark Cardale worked for many years, mostly in London, as a corporate lawyer with Slaughter and May, where he was engaged in transactional work and the provision of corporate legal advice. He acquired an interest in corporate governance while head of the firm’s then New York office at the time of Enron’s collapse, and gained further insights into problems linked to board behaviour from other corporate accounting scandals which beset the US at this time. Subsequently he worked as a company law adviser in litigation concerned with the insurance coverage of Enron’s bankers, and became a partner in a smaller firm in London, working with AIM companies and acting as co-head of their AIM group. He also qualified as a Chartered Secretary.
He now mostly writes and speaks on governance and on related legal topics. In addition to editing and contributing to this new edition of Rights and Duties of Directors for Bloomsbury, he is a contributor to Gore-Browne on Companies, Tolley’s Company Law,Jordan Publishing Company Administration and Governance and Butterworth’s Financial Regulation Service, all published by Butterworth, and has been the editor of A Practical Guide to CorporateGovernance (5th edition) published by Sweet & Maxwell, to which he was also a contributor. He has written for a number of legal journals and magazines, and was for a time an Associate Editor of the magazine PLC. He has been an External Examiner for the MSc in Corporate Governance at London South Bank University and a reviewer of text books and materials for qualification examinations in company law and corporate governance set by the Chartered Governance Institute (formerly the ICSA).
He has had a number of roles as trustee with different charities, and has acted as an interim chair of the UK Shareholders Association.