Mark Ruffell - Regulatory and Disciplinary

Mark Ruffell - Regulatory and Disciplinary profile

Mark has a wide range of experience in regulatory and disciplinary cases. He is head of Pump Court Chambers Regulatory and Disciplinary Team.

Mark is a Legal Adviser to the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the General Chiropractic Council (GCC).

Mark is a Disciplinary Panel member of the Taxation and Disciplinary Board (TDB).

Mark has been regularly instructed to present cases on behalf of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Mark has special expertise in relation to Care Homes having appeared before the Care Standards Tribunal appealing a decision by the Care Quality Commission to cancel a care home provider's registration, having presented cases against nurses for misconduct in relation to residents in care homes and having prosecuted a care home worker in the Crown Court for ill-treating residents who lacked capacity. 

Mark has represented Solicitors appealing decisions of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

Mark has advised companies on the regulatory regime at the World Bank.

Mark has represented hauliers and companies in hearings held by Traffic Commissioners. He has represented those appealing against the revocation of Private Hire Licences as well as clients charged with Road Traffic Offences.

Mark gives seminars to Local Authorities on both law and procedure. He is instructed by Local Authorities to prosecute and he defends in prosecutions brought against companies and individuals by local authorities in the civil and criminal courts. These include cases involving breaches of planning conditions, enforcement of developer contributions under the Highways Act, breaches of the Consumer Credit Act 1974, matters concerning Environmental Health, Public Nuisance and Trading Standards' appeals in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts. He was defence counsel originally instructed in Dorset County Council v. Lapland New Forest. 

Mark has represented those charged with offences brought by the Environment Agency, including the unlawful disposal of controlled waste.

Mark is able to advise and represent Police Officers subject to UPP's and matters relating to their conduct and performance.

Mark has dealt with Parole Board hearings and attended Coroners’ Courts on behalf of the deceased’s family. He has a knowledge of Health and Safety procedure.

Mark has also been instructed in numerous cases of money laundering, tax evasion and confiscation (including proceedings in the civil jurisdiction and criminal jurisdictions for confiscation). He has also advised companies on bribery and corruption allegations.

Mark has been an elected member of a local authority for over 16 years and has a great deal of experience of working with elected members and officers. He is currently a member of his local authority’s licensing committee and has in the past served as Chairman of a local authority’s internal disciplinary appeals committee.

  • Regulatory 2016: Licensing: S. Restaurant v WCC: Represented S. Restaurant who faced having their alcohol licence removed for serious contraventions of their licence. Winchester City Council.
  • Regulatory 2016: Care Standards Tribunal: TEL v CQC: Represented TEL who were appealing a condition placed on their registration.
  • Regulatory 2014: Care Standards Tribunal: AU v CQC: Represented a care home provider who appealed the decision of the Care Quality Commission to cancel his registration.
  • Regulatory: 2013: Defence: Advised scrap metal dealer on Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.
  • Regulatory 2012: Defence: Planning enforcement trial - Winchester Crown Court
  • Regulatory: 2012: Breach of Consumer Credit Act case brought by Birmingham City Council on behalf of another authority: (Defence) advised Defendant that there was no case to answer and prosecution offered no evidence
  • Regulatory: Dorset County Council v. M. & Another: 2010: Defence: Instructed (prior to trial) to defend Director of Lapland New Forest who was prosecuted by Trading Standards – Bristol



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.