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Mark is an experienced appellate court advocate both in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division and the Divisional Court of the High Court. He has advised on judicial review in a number of criminal and human rights based matters, including the impact of prison officers’ industrial action on prisoners’ rights, the recovery of defendants’ costs orders and parole board decisions.

In 1997, shortly after completing his pupillage, Mark appeared pro bono in the Court of Appeal for a renewed application for leave to appeal a murder conviction. Several members of the Bar, including original trial Queen’s Counsel, had advised there was no prospect of appeal. Against the odds, Mark was successful in obtaining leave to appeal the conviction following a hearing before the Full Court.

Since then, he has continued to have a keen interest in historic miscarriage of justice appeals in murder cases in the UK and abroad. He is currently working with Inside Justice for Roger Kearney to challenge his conviction for murder. Mark was instructed following a High Court Judge’s refusal of permission for judicial review. The decision of the Court of Appeal Civil Division as to whether permission will be granted is awaited. The Kearney case has received substantial interest and publicity in recent years, not least in the recent television documentary “Murder at the Station” (Guardian article)