Mark Harries QC

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“An outstanding advocate with a wealth of experience of dealing with complex legal issues.”

“He’s absolutely top drawer and gets results.”

[Chambers & Partners 2019 - Top Ranked in Fraud, Band 2 in Crime]

“An immaculate advocate.”

“A first class client manner.”

“He was out of this world. I have never in my life seen a barrister work as hard as he did.”

[Chambers & Partners 2018]

“Cool, calm and collected.”

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

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

[Chambers & Partners 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.”

[Chambers & Partners 2014]

“A respected defence practice”

[Legal 500 2012]

“Known for his cutting arguments and fabulous cross-examination.”

[Chambers & Partners 2011]

Mark’s appointment to the rank of Queen’s Counsel secures his position as one of the leading advocates at the Criminal Bar. He practices exclusively for the defence in all forms of major crime as leading counsel and alone in privately and publicly funded cases. Prior to taking Silk, he was consistently ranked as a leading junior in white collar fraud and general crime in the Chambers and Partners UK Bar Guide and 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.

Mark has recently defended in a variety of trials attracting national publicity. He represented the former PCC for Northamptonshire acquitted of Data Protection Act breaches in an unprecedented prosecution which Green J called “very novel, sensitive and complex.”

Earlier in 2018, he acted for a man accused of selling DNP over the internet which killed a vulnerable woman following an overdose; he was acquitted of manslaughter. At the start of the year, he defended a solicitor acquitted of running a “cash for crash” fraud through his law firm and a bank manager acquitted of providing mule bank accounts in a £33m diversion fraud.

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, including cases arising out of incidents involving fatalities.

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