Mark Harries

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“Known for his measured, careful analysis of the facts and persuasive court advocacy style.”

Ranked as a leading junior in both fraud and general crime.

[Chambers & Partners 2018]

“Cool, calm and collected and gets on well with clients.”

“He can handle complex issues with ease and make it all look easy.”

[Chambers & Partners 2017]

“His experience includes leading junior positions in major cases. A leading junior in cases concerning human trafficking, homicide and drug offences.” [Legal 500 2017]

“A highly impressive junior who is extremely intellectually sharp.”
[Chambers & Partners 2016]

“An outstanding fraud lawyer with gallons of charm.”
[Legal 500 2015]

“He is an immaculate advocate and has a first class client manner.”

“A highly sought after white collar barrister whose expertise includes fraud, asset recovery and confiscation proceedings.”

“He is a very charming individual. He has got a phenomenal way of cutting through to the heart of a case and presenting his client’s case in a very robust and effortless way.”
[Chambers & Partners 2015]

“Exceptionally good at fraud.”

“Sources admire his diligence.”

“He takes a meticulous and refined approach to financial investigations.”

“Impressive expertise of advising on Ponzi, MTIC and money laundering cases.”
[Chambers & Partners 2014]

“A respected defence practice”
[Legal 500 2012]

“Known for his cutting arguments and fabulous cross-examination.”
[Chambers & Partners 2011]

Mark practises exclusively for the defence in all forms of major crime as leading and junior counsel in publicly and privately funded cases. He is consistently ranked as a leading junior in criminal fraud and general crime in the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide and recognised as a leading junior in the Legal 500.

He has significant expertise in white collar crime including MTIC frauds, Ponzi frauds, tax evasion, corruption and fraudulent trading; he has equally substantial experience in cases involving serious organised crime, and in particular, high profile homicide and fatality cases.

Last year, Mark defended in a variety of high profile trials attracting national publicity. He acted for the “superhead” CEO of a Federation of Academies in a 10 week fraud trial, the first defendant in the Tilbury Docks fatal people trafficking case and for a company director in a highly publicised corruption trial. He defended a gunman acquitted of murder in the Digbeth botched armed robbery in Birmingham and recently acted for a chartered accountant in a £60m fraud trial in which a sophisticated international sideways tax relief scheme is under scrutiny (Operation Evenbox).

He combines his criminal work with a busy disciplinary and regulatory practice. Mark’s earlier work involved acting on behalf of the General Dental Council, but he now defends individuals in fitness to practise proceedings brought by their regulatory bodies. Recent work has seen him advise and appear for individuals facing allegations of misconduct before the NCTL, the SRA, the HCPC, the RICS and the GPhC.

Mark has a wealth of experience in Courts Martial in the UK and abroad.

He is regularly called upon to provide pre-charge advice and representation to individuals and corporate bodies.

Member of the Criminal Bar Association, Liberty and POCLA, ARDL, AMCA, a registered pupil supervisor and a lead advocacy trainer at Lincoln’s Inn.