It is with much regret that we report that Master McParland (Michael McParland QC) sadly died on Thursday 9 December 2021, aged 61. The Inn’s flag will fly at half-mast tomorrow, Tuesday 14 December, in his memory.
Master McParland was called to the Bar in 1983 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2017. He practised as a commercial silk at 39 Essex Chambers, joining in 2018 after practising for nearly 19 years at Quadrant Chambers. Master McParland had 35 years’ experience of trial and appellate advocacy in domestic and international civil and commercial litigation, arbitration and cross-border insolvency proceedings. He was recognised as a leading expert in cross-border disputes and acted for a wide range of UK and international clients. He was licensed to practise as an Attorney-at-Law by the State Bar of California and as a barrister in the British Virgin Islands. Master McParland was the author of “The Rome I Regulation on the Law Applicable to Contractual Obligations” (Oxford University Press, 2015), a leading conflict of laws textbook that has been cited as authoritative by judges in the Commercial Court and by the Advocate-General in the European Court of Justice. Further information is available on Master McParland’s chambers website here.
Master McParland was elected a Governing Bencher of the Inn in 2018. He was Master of Debating and Assistant Master of the Drama Society, and a member of the Student Engagement and Support Committee. He gave much assistance to the Inn in these respects, and also by hosting incoming delegations of international students, lawyers and judges, and he regularly took lunch in Hall.
Details of any funeral and/or memorial services will be circulated in due course, as appropriate.