Before joining the bar, Mark was a senior partner in a mixed practice firm in Essex. Whilst only called to the bar 2 years ago, he has been practising in Crown Courts across the Country, appeared in the Court of Appeal on several occasions, the High Court, as well as Magistrates Courts for over 20 years. His experience is extensive…
Mark was instructed in one of the biggest conspiracy to murder cases, and has been instructed on a number of murder cases, rape, serious sexual offences, serious violence, Robbery, drugs & county lines conspiracies, encro cases, fraud, & serious public disorder.
In his childcare practise, Mark has represented Local Authorities, children and parents. He has experience of serious non-accidental injuries, and recent successes in defeating child removal cases where the Local Authorities failed to undertake their regulatory duties.
He has been described as tenacious, approachable, fair and always has his clients best interests at heart.
Mark has a prosecution practise, he was recently described as being, “The first name on our list” in dealing with serious fraud cases but has also prosecuted a broad variety of cases.
He is motivated by the need for fairness, and integrity, What matters is representing fully, fairly and vigorously.
Mark has trained solicitors for many years, has done many consultations on a broad church of topics including the Firearms Act, sentencing guidelines for young people. He was the former Honourable Secretary of the Criminal Solicitors Law Association, with whom he retains strong links. He also undertakes lectures for solicitors and recently did a series of lectures for David Gilmore Associates.
Criminal Solicitors Law Association links
Rugby and football, particularly his beloved Newcastle United, his family, good wine, walking in the countryside, music and cats.
R v Harris. This is known as the Worcester transgender barmaid case. Represented on 17 counts of pervert the course of Justice by making false rape allegations. Suspended sentence. Worcester Crown Court
R v Pun. Charged with S20 GBH (pleaded before Mark was instructed) Acquitted of GBH and Robbery.
R v A Sheffield Crown Court. Junior in a murder case. Acquitted of murder, convicted of manslaughter. The defendant had been RUI for 2 years before he was summonsed for murder. Successful bail application made the day after his summons to the Crown Court.
R v Jones and others. Conspiracy to supply Class A. One Defendant was 3rd Strike def. For distribution. Multi handed case dealing with supply across the Northwest.
R v Gordon
Taxi driver who attended police voluntary interviews for a period of 48 hours for murder. 6-week trial.
Baby T. Acted for the mother of 3 children who were placed for adoption, one baby had Noonans Syndrome. The LA failed in their duty to provide appropriate support for the mother who had learning difficulties. The Mother kept the baby.