LLB (Hons), Sheffield University
Specialist Areas of Practice:
In recent years, Mark's criminal practice has predominantly involved cases of the most serious and complex nature. He is a Grade 4 prosecutor and regularly instructed by defence solicitors in fraud, drugs and violence cases. He has acted in numerous cases of murder, attempt murder, high-level fraud, conspiracies to import and distribute controlled drugs, rape and historic sexual abuse, including multi-defendant, multi-victim cases.
He has recently prosecuted trials involving complex fraud and murder as a leading junior and represented the only defendant to be acquitted in Operation Vista, a lengthy, paper heavy trial of money laundering arising from a multi million Euro MTIC fraud on the Continent.
Mark is on the GMC list of approved counsel and has acted for GMC in FTP hearings, interim orders and reviews.
He regularly represents clients in cases brought by prosecuting authorities other than the CPS - in particular the HSE, the Environment Agency and DBIS.
He also represents and advises clients who face or risk facing proceedings brought by their professional body or the regulator for the area in which they operate. Recent examples include a local councillor, solicitors, accountants, company directors facing disqualification, care homes and an online gaming company,
Throughout his professional career, Mark has regularly appeared on behalf of interested parties in inquests, from large corporations to individuals, with and without juries.
He has advised on applications to the A-G for new inquests after irregularities in the original hearing;
He advises and drafts legal submissions on Article 2, narrative verdicts and the conclusions that ought to be considered in a particular case by the jury or the coroner.
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