Profile

Acknowledged as “extremely confident, bright and able”, Mark is ranked as a leading Junior in Chambers and Partners. He has an excellent reputation as an advisory, trial and appellate lawyer. He is instructed to act in a wide variety of both criminal and civil law matters. He brings a tactical awareness and an eye for detail to every matter in which he is instructed. He is well known for his measured and calm advocacy in Court, which frequently results in a successful outcome to contested matters.

He is everything you would want in a Junior; he’s always available for you and puts his back into it

Chambers and Partners

He has particular experience in cases with international aspect, having spent time working in the United States, New Zealand and Brazil. In 2011 he was admitted as an attorney of the Bar of the Turks and Caicos Islands specifically to advise on a massive-scale corruption enquiry and prosecution. His extradition practice has involved successfully advising overseas governments on requests for fugitives in third countries, and defendants in high-profile requests for extradition from the United Kingdom. As a result of his wide knowledge of the extradition process, he is able to provide advice to individuals in this country who are concerned that they may face extradition proceedings in the future and wish to understand their options. He has an interest in, and has lectured on, a wide variety of aspects of cybercrime both in the UK and abroad. As a consequence he has developed a high level of understanding of the type of commercially sensitive problems such as hacking, data theft and service denial attacks which may arise for corporate clients in this field.

His technical expertise means that he can also provide advice to individuals and companies having to deal with prosecuting agencies in relation to cybercrime allegations. As a result of his knowledge of the new ‘Deferred Prosecution Agreement’ scheme introduced by the 2013 Crime and Courts Act, he has been invited to lecture on the procedure, and has written an article considering practical issues raised by it. His criminal defence work has involved working with professional white-collar clients such as solicitors and directors charged with large-scale fraud and other serious offences.

Recognition

Legal 500 2017 C&P 2018

Expertise

Criminal Litigation and Appellate Work

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  • Experience of all types of criminal offences, ranging from the most complex frauds to terrorism, murder and other serious offences of violence, drug trafficking, money laundering, serious sexual offences, firearms offences as well as cybercrime and cases with a technological aspect.
  • Particular expertise in relation to difficult areas of disclosure and in the field of very sensitive unused material subject to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.
  • Recent cases have included acting for the defence in a notorious quadruple murder, a lorry driver charged with importation of over 100 kilos of cocaine, arson with intent to endanger life and aggravated burglary, serious child cruelty, facilitation of unlawful immigration, and making indecent images of children.

Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance

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  • Knowledge of both Part One and Part Two of the Extradition Act 2003 as well as cases involving memorandum of understanding/special extradition arrangements without a treaty.
  • Acting for requesting judicial authorities and governments as well as for requested persons.
  • Appearances in a number of important cases both at first instance and before the Administrative Court, and has a broad knowledge of the appellate process in extradition.
  • Currently appearing for a requested person in an ongoing request for extradition by the Government of Rwanda for an alleged genocidaire in the 1994 genocide in that country.

Public and Administrative Law

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  • Significant experience of judicial review proceedings with a criminal law aspect, and case stated proceedings.
  • Advising Government departments in relation to proposed judicial review of decisions not to prosecute and acting for claimants in relation to such decisions.
  • Provision of advice and representation to those who wish to pursue judicial review remedies in respect of public bodies.

Regulatory Work

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  • Experience of working with, and advising, industry regulators in respect of civil penalties for breach of statutory requirements.
  • Provision of comprehensive advice to white-collar clients and companies seeking to avoid conflicts with such bodies.
  • Has lectured to magic circle firms on issues relating to regulatory matters.

Inquests and Public Inquiries

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  • Appearances for a number of interested parties before Coroners’ Courts, including a prison officer and a CCTV operator who had been investigated and interviewed under caution in relation to an allegation of gross negligence manslaughter
  • Provision of advice to individuals in respect of discrete issues arising in the course of Inquests such as self-incrimination.

Confiscation Enforcement Proceedings

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  • Experience of confiscation and enforcement regimes.
  • Appearances before both the High Court and Crown Court in relation to applications to appoint receivers.
  • Advice on third party issues in respect of receivership proceedings.
  • Provided training to overseas judiciary in respect of local proceeds of crime legislation.
  • Knowledge of ancillary and related orders such as Serious Crime Prevention Orders and Financial Reporting Orders.

Road Traffic

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  • Experience in dealing with all aspects including issues arising from the provision of “adequate guidance” of speed limits, to motorists charged with speeding offences.
  • Able to provide written advice to individuals on specific topics, or to provide representation at Court where charges are being pursued.

Other

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  • Contributor, EU Law in Criminal Practice (Oxford University Press)
  • Member of South Eastern Circuit and Criminal Bar Association
  • Direct Access Qualified
  • Pupil Master

Appointments

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  • Recorder (South Eastern Circuit), January 2016
  • Grade 3 Prosecutor, Crown Prosecution Service
  • Serious Crime Group panel, Crown Prosecution Service (2013)
  • Extradition panel, Crown Prosecution Service (2013)

Education

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University of Oxford, MA (Hons), Modern History.

Notable cases

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R (VB) v Westminster Magistrates' Court

Availability of closed material procedures for the defence in extradition proceedings, and the criteria for the use of anonymous witnesses in resisting extradition requests.

R v Z/Hasan

The leading case on duress and confessions.

R v H(N)

Appeal against terminating ruling in a large scale grooming/child abuse case in the West Midlands.

R v (W) J

Appeal against sentence in Internet grooming and indecent images prosecution.

R v Campbell

Concerning the construction of the five-year minimum sentence provisions within the Firearms Act 1968. The case involved argument on the issue of whether a court had jurisdiction to read words in or...

R (on the application of N) v Staines Magistrates' Court

Approach to be taken to assessment of defedant’s apparent age, and hte proper applications of CPS guidelines on prosecution of alledgedly trafficked persons.

Fatjon Kapri v Director of Public Prosecutions

Concerning the lawfulness of the Director of Public Prosecution’s decision not to initiate criminal prosecution for murder in circumstances where the offence had been committed in London and the...

Director of Public Prosecutions v Heathcote

Concerning the meaning of “special reasons” in the Road Traffic Act 1988 following conviction for offences of drink driving.

Azevedo v 4th Criminal Chamber of Lisbon, Portugal

Concerning injustice/oppression in returning a requested person on licence conditions where the custodial part of the sentence had been served.

Sinani v Government of Albania

Concerning the meaning of “trial” and “conviction in presence” in Part Two of the Extradition Act 2003.

Taylor v Government of United States

Concerning the jurisdiction to re-open extradition appeals on health grounds.

Related news

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21 December

Judicial appointments

We congratulate Jacob Hallam and Mark Weekes on their appointments as Recorders. They will sit on the South Eastern Circuit from January 2016.

24 June

Mark Weekes in Rwandan genocide extradition case

Mark Weekes is instructed in the extradition hearing of Dr Celestin Mutabaruka who is facing extradition from the UK for allegedly taking part in the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Dr Vincent Brown,...

8 May

Court stays Ann Summers private prosecution

Court stays Ann Summers private prosecution An attempt to prosecute privately the well known adult retail store Ann Summers by a competitor was stayed as an abuse of the Court's process at City of...