Mark Sahu


Year of Call: 1995

Practice Group(s): Civil, Crime, Public & Regulatory

Portrait of Mark Sahu

1989-1992: Leeds University, Law, LLB Hons
1994-1995: Nottingham University, International Human Rights law, LLM

Practice Profile:
Crime: Mark's practice sees him appearing at first instance and appellate level involving cases including murder, serious violence, drugs & county lines conspiracies, proceeds of crime, fraud, political campaigns & serious public disorder. Mark has also appeared before the Parole Board representing prisoners across disciplinary matters.

Employment: Emphasis on anti-discrimination work. Unfair dismissal, redundancy, TUPE, breach of contract involving working time, NMW, as well as confidentiality & compromise agreements.

Regulatory & professional disciplinary tribunals (Doctors, Dentists, Health care professionals)

Civil - Actions against the Police

Mark is also licensed for Public Access (Direct Client) work.

Notable Cases:
EA v H, B & M [2017, 2018 & 2019]. Environmental Agency prosecution involving over £1m damage. Complex abuse of process arguments.

R v A & Ors [2019] Cuckoo-ing county lines drugs conspiracy.

R v JW & Ors [2018 & 2019]. Attempted murder & violent disorder involving 17 defendants.

R v SM & Ors [2018 & 2019]. Led Junior. Fatal stabbing involving five youth defendants. Currently with Leave to Appeal against Conviction.

R v S [2017]. A 15 yr old accused of a vicious stabbing and use of a cs spray cannister. Involved complex background evidence, analysis of post-incident phone downloads and multiple bad character applications.

R v C [2017]. Junior. Grooming and sexual exploitation case. Involved detailed CCTV phone and social media evidence and complicated joinder & severance arguments.

R v P [2016]. Firearms, drugs supply and money laundering. Successful half-time submissions in respect of four out of five counts. Currently leave to appeal granted before the Court of Appeal.

R v A [2015]. Rape. At the third trial, involving expert medical witnesses and a complainant who gave evidence via video-link from a different court centre, this involved careful cross-examination of approaching a dozen different types of documents in which the complainant had provided at various times, widly differing and conflicting information as to the alleged incident. The defendant, was a once-child refugee.

R v T & Ors [2013 & 2014]. Led Junior. Multi-handed human-trafficking conspiracy. Involved multi-juridictional legal submissions on abuse or process, involving the Spanish police and a known Spanish-operating OCG.

Drs K, C, B & Ors v West Suffolk NHS Trust [2011]. New Deal Pay disputes. Complex breach of contract case which successfully settled after several days of a full merits hearing with the Trusts' representative QC eventually conceding heavily.

T v Alstom [2010] EWCA 1308. Led Junior. Before the Court of Appeal, this appeal raised the question whether an agency worker had a contract of service with the end user, within a quad-partite employment relationship.

GSCC v H [2010] UKFTT 128 (HESC). First-Tier Care Standards Tribunal case against the decision of a regulatory body in the wake of the Victoria Climbie Review.

H v London Borough of Brent [2009] EWCA. Judicial Review which questioned the role of a local authority's adoption panel and the IRM's independent review process.

R v H (Spring 2006). Successful challenge to lawfulness of the police's Banning Order of demonstrations campaigning against the fur trade outside Harrods.

R v G & Ors [2005]. Trial of five hindu priests accused of allegations of ritual beating, blinding and false imprisonment of a worshipper at their temple during prayer time. Involved complex and sensitive issues surrounding new 'bad character' provisions as well as involving vast disclosure investigations.

R v E & Ors [2004]. Multi-handed drug-smuggling operation into HMP Albany prison.

R v P(H)(Reported in the Daily Express, 6.4.05). Benefit Fraud over several years amounting to over 50k involving overseas assets and culminating in prolonged confiscation proceedings.

SB'B v Family Housing Association (Autumn 2002-Winter 2004). Complex Race Discrimination, Victimisation & Whistle-blowing case.

L (deceased) v Royal Mail (Reported in The Guardian, The Independent, 9.1.02.) Case which extended the ambit of the class of persons who can bring a claim for unlawful discrimination - to include the family of a deceased victim.

Amnesty International

French (basic)
Oriya (basic)

Five-a-side Football
Cycling (Charity Bike rides)
Mad Cricket (India & Lancashire) supporter
Even madder Tennis (Roger Federer) and Football (Liverpool FC & Burnley FC) fan