Mark took silk in 2017, having excelled in both prosecution and defence in high-profile and complex crime, with an emphasis on homicide and sexual allegations. He has, for many years, been ranked in Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 as a leader in the field of crime at the London Bar. Mark also specialises in business and financial crime, including bribery, corruption, asset recovery and confiscation.
Known for his work ethic, case theory and relentless attention to detail, Mark has all the requisite qualities making him an approachable and contemporary KC. He is an excellent communicator and a master with juries, able to turn his hand to the most complex cases, as well as those where significant reputational issues are at stake.
In the field of homicide Mark has experience of defending in cases involving joint enterprise and young or otherwise vulnerable defendants. Mark recently secured the only across-the-board acquittal in a multi-handed knife murder where Mark’s client was only 14 years of age. Immediately afterwards, he successfully prosecuted a multi-handed knife murder, securing across the board convictions, and then went straight into defending the lead defendant in another multi-handed knife murder where a ‘cut throat’ defence was being run. Mark’s client (the lead defendant) was acquitted of both murder and manslaughter. This back-to-back sequence, from late 2018 and into 2019, demonstrates Mark’s exceptional ability to successfully bring his skills to both the defence and the prosecution in cases of homicide.
‘‘An absolute foundation for any high-profile or complex criminal case. Throws everything into the case, and it consumes him for that period. He is easy to work with and is excellent on his feet, with jurors, judge and opponent. I have seen juries eat from his palm.’ – Legal 500 2021
Mark is a specialist in the field of criminal defence and has extensive experience in all areas of criminal work, from murder to money laundering. His particular areas of expertise include acting in cases involving homicide, fraud and serious sexual offending. Prior to taking silk, Mark led in numerous heavy fraud cases, multi-handed conspiracies and cases involving the most serious sexual offences. He has extensive experience of prosecuting and defending intelligence-led operations that raise difficult issues relating to disclosure and public interest immunity.
Mark is also experienced in cases involving regulatory and disciplinary issues and has significant experience of acting and advising in cases of Judicial Review.
In addition to maintaining a high-end defence practice Mark was, at the time of taking silk, admitted to the CPS list at the highest grade (Grade 4) and the Serious Fraud Office list at the highest grade (the ‘A’ list). Mark has extensive experience of prosecuting cases involving serious violence and homicide, allegations of conspiracy and substantial and complex fraud. This includes dealing with cases raising highly complex disclosure issues, including the most sensitive of intelligence material.
Mark’s experience in relation to serious sexual offending is vast. His profile includes expertise in advising and defending professional athletes, including Premiership and Championship footballers. Mark has also developed substantial expertise in cases where medical professionals are accused of sexual offending within a clinical setting. He has represented eminent consultant surgeons across the country in this regard. His success within this area of work is well established.
Mark’s experience in cases involving drug conspiracies is also particularly extensive, including issues relating to public interest immunity and covert surveillance.
Mark’s client care, attention to detail and disciplined work ethic led him to be instructed to act as a leading junior on countless occasions prior to his taking silk. He is consistently in demand with many of the most reputable firms of solicitors in the country.