Mark successfully acted for the Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police at first instance and on appeal in Frugal v Nottinghamshire Police  EWCA Civ 86 – a civil action concerning arrest and detention.
“His ability to win over a jury is incredible”
Chambers & Partners
Experience & Expertise
Mark is very well known and respected in the field of police law having specialised in this field for over 20 years.
He had a notable success in the case of Yousif v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis a case where the claimant had alleged that he was the victim of inhuman and degrading treatment whilst in custody.
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He presented the misconduct case against Superintendent Fulcher who did not caution the murderer Chris Halliwell before he took the officer to the place where he had buried another victim.
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He advised the force and presented the fast track misconduct case leading to the dismissal of Superintendent Carr who subsequently pleaded guilty to several counts of fraud and was given a suspended sentence.
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Mark advised and acted for Bedfordshire Police during the inquest into the death of Istiak Yusuf.
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Mark successfully defended a complex and high value stress at work claim. After 2 days of cross-examination the claimant withdrew her claim. Due to the nature of the officer’s duties at the material time the trial was heard in private.
Cases and work of note
- Yousif v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis
- Walker v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis  1 Cr. App. R. 22
- Gregory v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis  1 W.L.R. 4253 (mode of trial)
- R. (on the application of B) v Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court  EWHC 1089 (Admin) (search warrants)
- Osoba v Chief Constable of Hertfordshire  Eq. L.R. 1072 (age discrimination)
- R. (on the application of Hasan) v Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court  EWHC 2257 (Admin) (search warrants; injunctions)
- Jabang v City of London Police Commissioners  EWHC 461 (Ch) (striking out)
- Hutchinson v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis  EWHC 1660 (QB) (vicarious liability/costs)
- R (on the application of Evans) v. Chief Constable of Sussex  EWHC 2329 (Fast track procedure)
- R (on the application of French) v. Chief Constable of West Yorkshire  EWHC (Admin) (police misconduct)
- Graham v. Chief Constable of West Mercia & Others  EWHC 4 (QB) (reasonable grounds to suspect)
- R (on the application of Sands) v. Chief Constable of Merseyside  EWHC 2698 (Admin) (vetting)
- Roberts v. Chief Constable of Kent  EWCA Civ 1588 (use of police dog)
- Bayode v. Chief Constable of Derbyshire, EAT, 22 May 2008 (race discrimination)
- R (on the application of ‘G’) v. Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police and the DPP  EWCA Civ 28 (interpretation of S.37A Police & Criminal Evidence Act 1984)
- Tomlinson v. Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis  EWHC 2810 (admissibility of similar fact evidence)
- Manley v. Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis  EWCA Civ 879 (award of aggravated damages)
- Omar v. Chief Constable of Bedfordshire  EWHC 3060 (Admin) (quashing of a caution)
- R. v. Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis ex p Sofola (Richards J) 3 November 2000 (refusal of police to disclose identity of suspect to victim of criminal damage where police believed identification to be flawed)
- Lamothe v. Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (CCRT/1999/0577/B1 (Bingham LCJ and May LJ) 25 October 1999 (determination of triable issue during interlocutory stage)
- O’Loughlin v. Chief Constable of Essex  1 WLR 374 (powers of entry)
Mark is consistently recommended by both the leading legal directories in both professional discipline and Police law.
Solicitors interviewed by Chambers & Partners note that; “his attention to detail is remarkable and his no-nonsense approach refreshing. His cross-examining skills are excellent, and he is able to explain complex issues in layman’s terms.”
Other recent directory editorial has included the following:
- he is very good in trials, particularly with juries;
- he is fantastic with the jury and always gets the result we want. Clients are fond of him and he’s very personable;
- he’s a pleasure to deal with. He has a really incisive and carefully considered approach to evidence and the presentation of it;
- dedicated to providing nothing but the best service. Superb at cross examining claimants;
- he often gets commended by the judge for his closing speeches;
- he is very robust and a bit of a street fighter. He is very good at getting stuck into witnesses;
- engaging and a pleasure to work with;
- he is very confident, assured and a good advocate;
- a very able advocate who is precise in his pleadings;
- he takes the clients with him, and the witnesses. They feel like he’s fighting in their corner;
- he has excellent knowledge of his cases;
- he is dedicated and passionate;
- an excellent jury advocate;
- a robust barrister who is always exceptionally well prepared and always available to offer advice;
- his presentation of difficult or complex cases is excellent;
- known nationally in this sector;
- a very persuasive court technique that certainly goes down well with both judge and jury;
- he is robust in his cross-examination;
- he is a core player in police disciplinary law;
- dedicated and passionate;
- has made his name defending an array of civil actions against the police, many of which touch on employment and personal injury issues;
- an excellent trial lawyer;
- stands out for the trust he instils in both clients and judges;
- very knowledgeable, thorough, robust and effective;
- excels in police disciplinary cases;
- an excellent jury advocate;
- provides sensible and pragmatic advice;
- instructed by police forces in controversial disciplinary hearings;
- holds a fine, long-standing reputation for work in all areas of police law;
- an extremely astute lawyer, who is very intelligent and personable;
- his ability to win over a jury is incredible;
- he is incredibly experienced and generally formidable;
- he is someone to use if you want to get a really difficult point of law across;
- a popular choice in front of the police tribunals;
- he is good at dealing with very sensitive and technical cases;
- he is great on his feet and officers warm to his direct, no-nonsense approach;
- particularly skilled at inquest representation; and
- a superb all-rounder who is thorough with paperwork, quick on his feet and objective.
A large proportion of the work that I do is adversarial. Although the forum may vary there will usually be a ‘winner’ and a ‘loser’. Being a naturally competitive person I enjoy the ‘contest’ but I don’t enjoy losing.
“I like to think that I improve my client’s prospects of success by having more than 20 years’ experience of police cases, introducing a little humour (when appropriate) and having a straight talking ‘no nonsense’ approach”
Of course one cannot win every time (if you do you are probably only fighting the easy cases) but I like to think that I improve my client’s prospects of success by: having a good knowledge of the law; having more than 20 years’ experience of police cases; being approachable and friendly; introducing a little humour (when appropriate); having a straight talking ‘no nonsense’ approach; understanding that I am part of a team; ensuring that I am better prepared than my opponent; and being an effective, persuasive and passionate advocate
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