Areas of Expertise
Mark receives instructions in the Crown Court and Appellate courts. He has been instructed in a wide range of offences including attempted murder, serious public disorder, drugs supply and importations, serious complex fraud, forfeiture and confiscation, sexual offences, regulatory offences, dangerous driving/road traffic-related offences, and public order/protest. He has attracted a great deal of work in representing vulnerable clients, in particular minority groups, juveniles and the mentally ill. He is currently involved in representing one of the Defendants in a lengthy complex fraud case relating to the Ministry of Defence.
He has a wealth of experience in representing individuals on human rights issues vis-a-vis criminal law in both the Administrative Court and the European Court of Human Rights. His practice has the added dimension of his ability to advise on prison law, civil actions against the police and extradition law, thereby ensuring continuity of counsel.
He provides training for the CPD provider Central Law Training on Criminal and Anti-Terrorism Law.
Mark receives instructions in relation to possession proceedings, anti-social behaviour injunctions, disrepair claims and associated civil actions where tenants’ rights are infringed. His particular interest and expertise lies in the conduct of housing law cases where human rights and public law issues arise.
LL.M (International Human Rights Law)
Criminal Bar Association
Human Rights Lawyers’ Association
Police Actions Lawyers’ Group
Inquest Lawyers’ Group
Association of Prison Lawyers
Prisoners’ Legal Rights Group
Howard League for Penal Reform
Human Rights Expert / Consultant to UN, Council of Europe and OSCE
Mark acts as a Human Rights and Rule of Law Consultant to International Organisations, individuals and NGOs. He has experience working in over 15 countries throughout Eastern Europe, Balkans, Russian Federation, Central Asia, South Caucasus, Turkey and Southern Asia. His areas of expertise include:
- Preparation, presentation and evaluation of human rights training materials for Supreme Court and Constitutional Court judges, prosecutors, defence lawyers, police, prison officials, ombudsman office, government officials and NGOs.
- Advice on legislation – both in the UK and foreign jurisdictions – in the areas of crime, prisoners’ rights, police actions, public law, extradition and immigration law vis-a-vis compatibility with international human rights’ norms.
- Access to Justice: advise and preparation of judicial and advocates training curricula; legal aid; procedural codes.
- Human Rights needs assessments; drafting in-country human rights reports.
- Advise on thematic issues: e.g. fair trial; free speech/freedom of assembly, association; terrorism; women’s rights/gender; childrens’ rights; torture/inhuman treatment; police; prisons; death penalty; minority rights/discrimination; human rights and Islam; international criminal law and humanitarian law etc.
- Trial observation; monitoring detention facilities.
- Advice and representation in proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights; UN human rights committees.