Mark Ruffell - Ecclesiastical / Religion

Mark Ruffell - Ecclesiastical / Religion profile

Mark is Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Winchester.

Mark has dealt with many applications for faculty permission relating to church buildings and has determined Faculty Petitions following a hearing in a Consistory Court.

Mark has been a churchwarden for 15 years and has personal experience of reordering a church.

Mark is instructed to represent Petitoners and Parties Opponents in other dioceses outside of the Diocese of Winchester.

Mark is a member of the Ecclesiastical Judges Association and the Ecclesiastical Law Society.



Year of call: 1992
  • Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Winchester
  • Legal Adviser to the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • Legal Adviser to Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Legal Adviser to the General Chiropractic Council (GCC)
  • Disciplinary Panel member of the Taxation Disciplinary Board (TDB)
Areas of specialism:
  • Courts Martial
  • Criminal
  • Ecclesiastical / Religion
  • Inquests and Inquiries
  • Public Access and Direct Access
  • Regulatory and Disciplinary
  • Transport Law
Additional languages:
  • French
  • Bachelor of Divinity (B.D. Hons. Lond., A.K.C.)
  • Diploma in Law (University of Westminster) 1991
  • Called to the Bar 1992 (Middle Temple)
Professional associations:
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Ecclesiastical Law Society
  • Ecclesiastical Judges’ Association
  • Western Circuit
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Association of Road Transport Lawyers
Outside Interests:
  • Mark is a former FA level 1 football coach and team manager, as well as being a Churchwarden and Borough Councillor.
  • Former member of a Licensing Authority’s Licensing Committee.
  • Member of Local authority crime and disorder panel from 2002-5.
  • Advisor to the Shadow Parliamentary Front Bench on Home Affairs from 1999-2001 (Mode of Trial Bill and Private Security Industry Bill).
  • Member of Local authority internal employment tribunal chairman from 1993-4.
Notable Cases:
  • Crime: 2014: R. v. Martin & Brimecome (Prosecution): Court of Appeal upholds convictions following decision by Crown (MR) to indict with 'being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug.' The judgement was given by The Lord Chief Justice, The Right Hon
  • Mark is a regular contributor to the Chambers regulatory bulletin and crime bulletin.