Called 1996 – Middle Temple (Blackstone’s Entrance Exhibition)
Manchester University LLB (Hons) (1992 – 1995)
Inns of Court School of Law BVC, London (1995 – 1996)
Paralegal at Ashurst litigation department working primarily on the Tobacco litigation (1996-1997)
Pupil of Shaun Smith at 1 High Pavement (1997-1998), thereafter a tenant at these chambers exclusively prosecuting and defending in crime.
Described as “A practitioner with strong support”: The legal 500
Mark’s major practice areas are:
• Drug offences
• Sexual offences including rape
• Serious violent crime
• Organised Crime
However, Mark prosecutes and defends in all areas of criminal litigation. He is a grade 3 prosecutor and frequently defends the young, vulnerable and those with difficulties.
In Regina v Mitchell Verne Greenwood, William Mitchell Greenwood  EWCA Crim 2686, a conspiracy to reactivate deactivated firearms, Mark earned his red bag for his junior role in the prosecution.
Defended in R. v Wilson (Steven Patrick) Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)  EWCA Crim 3509. Appeal against sentence for possession of drugs with intent to supply.
Defended in R. v Revell (Adam John) Court of Appeal (Criminal Division),  2 Cr. App. R. (S.) 95. Appeal against sentence in a quadruple death by dangerous driving,.
Defended in R. v Thurston (Lee Robert) Court of Appeal (Criminal Division),  EWCA Crim 2421. The Appellant was accused of being a member of an organized crime group committing thefts, burglaries (commercial and dwelling) and armed robberies in the Sheffield area. He was acquitted of the conspiracy to commit commercial burglaries after a successful half time submission during the six-week trial. The Court of Appeal allowed his appeal against conviction and sentence in respect of a further count.
Responded for the Crown in R. v Baxter (Jason) Court of Appeal (Criminal Division),  EWCA Crim 974. ‘Fresh evidence’ appeal against conviction overturning convictions for sexual activity with a child where the Defendant was 20 years old and the complainant 13.
Other notable cases:
2011 – Defended in R-v- Sandhu in multiple conspiracies to supply class A and B drugs where the Crown alleged that the defendants were members of an organized crime group. Evidence in the case ran to over 13,000 pages.
2011 – Prosecuting Operation Kern: a series of cases/multiple defendants for paying for the sexual services of children where the complainants come from troubled backgrounds.
2011 – Prosecution of Colin Goodwin for 7 counts of historic rape (1970’s) before Mr Justice Calvert-Smith. Convictions – 14 years.
Mark appears regularly in Derby Crown Court, Nottingham Crown Court, Lincoln Crown Court and Leicester Crown Court.
Mark is a member of the Criminal Bar Association. He assists with the judging of the Number 1 High Pavement Mitigation Competition for BVC students and sometimes assists as a judge in the National Schools’ Mock Trial Competition.
In his spare time Mark is a keen golfer and a member at the Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell) – handicap 5. He is progressing with his off-piste skiing and in June 2011 summited Mont Blanc.