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Mark Monaghan

Year of call 1987  

Areas of Expertise
Criminal, Regulatory and Professional Discipline Group, Insurance Fraud, Inquests & Public Inquiries

Crime – ranked Tier 1
“Noted for his experience in complex fraud cases”

Legal 500 2019

'Recent casework includes money laundering and murder.'

Legal 500, 2017

"he has considerable experience in serious violence and sexual offences cases".

Legal 500 2016

"His practice includes money laundering, drugs importation, fraud and sexual offences cases."

Legal 500 2015

"recommended for defending in financial crime cases"

Legal 500 2013

Specialist Areas of Practice:

Criminal Law


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.

Prescribed Information

Mark Monaghan is a practising barrister, regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Details of information held by the BSB about Mark Monaghan can be found here

Mr Monaghan's clerks will provide no obligation quotations for all legal services that he offers. Mr Monaghan accepts instructions on legal aid rates where those are available, details of which can be found here.  For other work, Mr Monaghan usually charges a brief fee plus refresher fees for court hearings, with advisory, conference and other preparation work charged at an hourly rate. Mr Monaghan aims to return paperwork within 14 working days, however his professional commitments, complexity and volume of documentation can affect these approximate timescales.


LLB (Hons), Sheffield University

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