Serious fraud: Mark has been instructed in many cases of fraud that have included boiler room fraud, carousel fraud, courier fraud, betting fraud; international advanced fee fraud; a nationwide home-working fraud; an insolvent tour operator fraud; an international plant machinery fraud; a nationwide credit card (identity theft) fraud, a fraud by claiming to be the beneficiary of a deceased’s estate, postal and charity frauds; and numerous frauds by company (including bank) employees. Mark has been instructed as Independent Counsel by the Serious Fraud Office.
Examples of previous fraud cases include:
R. v. M. (Defence): Represented M, a successful businessman accused of defrauding his employees by non-payment of tax, N.I. and pension contributions to the value of £138,000. Norwich Crown Court. http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/crime/jury-clears-norwich-electrical-applian...
R. v. Amani, Hajji & Worthington: (Prosecution): London based organised crime group targetting elderly and vulnerable in a courier fraud. Winchester Crown Court. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-35263609
R. v. L.: (Defence): L worked for a company for 3 years and was accused of stealing £70,000 through manipulating the pay system. Reading Crown Court
R. v. W.: (Prosecution): Prosecuted W who was part of a boiler room fraud that targetted potential wealthy investors with false financial investment products. Harrow Crown Court.
R. v. SF & Another: (Defence): 2 businessmen prosecuted by HMRC for a fraud claiming false CIS rebates for non-existent companies. Guildford Crown Court
R. v. P. & Another: (Defence) P. charged with setting up a rival company whilst still working for another company. P attracted new clients to his rival company and then sold stock supplied by the original company to them. P. was accused of acting to the detriment of the original company against company policy. P. successfully claimed that all that he did was authorised by a director of the original company - Portsmouth Crown Court.
- R v A & Others: (Defence) A charged with conspiracy to defraud. A was part of a gang posing as police officers and bank officials who claimed that credit cards had been compromised and offered to protect money in victims' accounts - Blackfriars Crown Court.
- R. v. B. & Others: (Defence) Postal fraud trial involving a fraud on downstream posting of direct mailing for charities- Salisbury Crown Court http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/10096815.Multi_million_pound_charity_rip_off_gang_in_Swindon_jailed/
- R. v. W.: (Defence) W worked in the Post Office attached to a newsagent and stole money over time but covered her tracks by trying to balance the books to make it look as though losses were accounting errors - Swindon Crown Court http://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/9620958.Anger_over_till_theft_judgment/
- R. v. R.: (Defence) R. worked as a civil servant attached to the MOD. He was accused of fiddling his expenses over many years and falsely claiming in excess of £40,000. Following analysis of receipts and written submissions to the effect that there was no loss, the Crown offered no evidence on the day of trial - Bristol Crown Court
- R. v. H.: (Prosecution) H. obtained a declaration that her brother was intestate (when there was a valid will that named his partner) and she went about securing all of his assets. She was caught when the Police were alerted to a valuable stamp collection being auctioned off.
- R. v. G.: (Defence): G. worked as a gardener in his 60's. One of his clients was an elderly lady who he helped with the shopping. He pursuaded her that he was carrying out work for her and succeeded in obtaining over £16,000 from her for work that he had not done. Swindon Crown Court.
- R. v. S.: (Prosecution): S. worked in a bank and stole £18,000 over a year but covered up the thefts by making false entries and cross-firing deposits in the accounts. She denied the allegation and the case went to trial pleading guilty after the case was opened.
- R. v. PC: (Defence): A complicated betting syndicate fraud. Canterbury Crown Court. http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Peter+Charles+%2F+Kent+Fraud+Squad%3A+Bett...
Cybercrime: Mark was instructed (defence) in one of the rare prosecutions of a member of the illusive group named Anonymouse who were responsible for attacking websites around the world. He gained immeasurable experience in understanding how computer crime is committed, how it is detected and in how to present a defence using such highly technical evidence to a jury.
- R. v. W. (Defence): W. was accused of being a member of Anonymous, hosting platforms and organising DDOS attacks on the Ministry of Sound, Barclaycard and PayPal. Southwark Crown Court. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236990/Cyber-gang-accused-hacki...l
General Criminal work: Mark is regularly instructed to defend and prosecute complex and serious cases often involving organised crime groups. Mark has been instructed in cases of murder, serious assaults, rape and sexual offences, armed robbery, aggravated burglary, arson with intent, public disorder and death by dangerous driving.
He is also an expert in cases involving the importation and supply of controlled drugs [SEE http://www.pumpcourtchambers.com/blog/martin-revisited-%E2%80%93-meaning...] .
He is in an expert in proceeds of crime cases. He is regularly instructed the CPS and is a grade 4 panel advocate.
Examples of typical cases:
- R. v. M. (Defence): Defended M who was charged with causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drugs. Bournemouth Crown Court. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-42583579
- R. v. M. & Another (Defence): Defended M accused with his brother of an acid attack in Southampton. Southampton Crown Court http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-35996945
- R. v. L. & T.: (Prosecution): Prosecuted L and T for supplying class A drugs to Hampshire and Surrey towns for over a year. Winchester Crown Court
- Crime 2016: R. v. L.: (Defence): Defended a Russian speaking male accused of being a contract hitman who attempted to murder another male by repeatedly shooting at him. Central Criminal Court. http://www.kentonline.co.uk/medway/news/hitman-jailed-for-drive-by-shooting
- R. v. G-A & Others: (Prosecution): Prosecuted a lengthy trial involving 8 defendants, some from two rival London based drugs networks who supplied class A drugs to Hampshire towns over 2 years. Winchester Crown Court.
- R. v. S. & Others: (Prosecution): Leading junior prosecuting a lengthy trial involving 6 Defendants, some from several London based drugs networks who supplied class A drugs to Hampshire towns over a year. Winchester Crown Court.
- R. v. B. & Others: (Prosecution): Leading junior prosecuting a lengthy trial involving 8 Defendants, some from a Liverpool drugs network supplying class A drugs to Dorset. Bournemouth Crown Court. http://liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/liverpool-drugs-gang-memb...
- R. v. Sztokmanska: (Prosecution): Prosecuted a care worker who ill treated residents in a care home. Salisbury Crown Court. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-29383996
- R. v. Martin and Brimecome: (Prosecution): Court of Appeal upheld convictions following a decision by MR to indict with 'being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug.' The judgement was given by The Lord Chief Justice, The Right Honourable The Lord Thomas of Cymgiedd on the meaning of the word supply. See R. v. Martin and Brimecome  EWCA Crim 1940;  1 WLR 588;  1 Cr.App.R. 11;  Crim. L.R. 83 Regina v Martin (Dwain) and Another  WLR (D) 341. http://cases.iclr.co.uk/nxt/gateway.dll/WLR%20Dailies/WLRD%202011/wlrd20...
- R. v. C. (Defence): Defended a man who posed as a private hire driver who was accused of raping a passenger. Central Criminal Court
- R. v. C. & Others (Prosecution): Leading junior prosecuting 8 Defendants in a 6 week trial charged with conspiracy to steal and conspiracy to burgle. Harrow Crown Court.
- R. v. H. (Defence): Defended a prominent Liberal Democrat Councillor accused of a series of rapes and sexual assaults. Bournemouth Crown Court. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-27259798
- R. v. M & Others: (Prosecution): Prosecuted 9 Defendants in a lengthy trial for supplying class A drugs to Hampshire towns for a year. Winchester Crown Court. http://www.gethampshire.co.uk/news/local-news/prison-professional-alders....