Mark Harries

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General Crime

Mark is regularly instructed in cases of grave seriousness in a wide variety of criminal allegations. In recent years he has successfully defended in The Lincoln Prison Riots as leading counsel, and Operation Tattershall (terrorism and explosive offences). He recently defended a former army officer in proceedings arising out of Operation Elveden.

Current instructions for 2017: the defences of a former Police and Crime Commissioner for Data Protection Act breaches; of a former police officer for misconduct in a public office; of a highly experienced legal executive for a well-known solicitors firm accused of facilitating criminality under the Serious Crime Act 2007.

R v JH (Central Criminal Court): Operation Elveden – the defence of a former Colour Sergeant at the Sandhurst Military Academy charged with misconduct in a public office arising from the sale of stories and photographs to a tabloid newspaper. H became the only public official acquitted by a jury in this series of prosecutions.

R v JD (Derby): Arrested under Terrorism Act, accused of possession of military grade explosives, terrorist literature, child abduction and commercial supply of heroin.

R v GO (Lincoln): Leading counsel for the only defendant of 30 over 3 trials acquitted by a jury, accused of riot and causing explosions following the disturbances at HMP Lincoln. Click here for press interest.