Great James Street Chambers
Prior to his call to the Bar, Mark established a busy practice as a freelance solicitor after he successfully completed his training contract with a leading East London criminal defence firm. Mark is regularly instructed for matters in the Crown Court, Magistrates’ Court and Youth Court.
Mark has gained a reputation as being a maverick who fiercely defends clients at court and rises to the challenge when dealing with complex legal issues and incorporating novel points of law into his submissions. Mark is approachable and down to earth, in no small part being a self-confessed proud East Londoner from very humble beginnings, where Mark views it as a priority to convey legal advice to his lay clients in a way they understand.
Before his career in law, Mark was a BBC Radio 1Xtra presenter and professional DJ for over 20 years playing throughout the UK, USA, Canada and Europe. He was a music producer, having released an album with the Ministry of Sound, and has been responsible for several high-profile remixes of chart hits for artists such as David Guetta and Akon. Mark was an events promoter. With this wealth of experience within the music industry, Mark welcomes instructions for reputation and brand management, contractual issues arising out of artist management and the live music events industry.
Mark previously worked for and still advises for leading Youth Justice Charity, Spark2Life, part of The London Borough of Waltham Forest’s Gang Prevention Programme based in Walthamstow, East London. He was the prison in-reach coordinator for 5 years and developed various programmes and initiatives that assisted young offenders involved in gangs to access housing, education and employment. He regularly sat on the probation service MAPA panel, the London Borough of Waltham Forest Stop & Search committee and attended multi agency police intelligence meetings where Mark was instrumental in removing young people off of the controversial Gangs Matrix. He also delivered one to one rehabilitative mentoring sessions with inmates inside HMP Feltham, HMP Thameside, HMP Isis and other prisons across the country. Mark accepts instructions from inmates seeking an advocate for adjudications and parole hearings.
Mark is an experienced Gangs Practitioner and accepts instructions for serious youth violence and drug related offences. He also has experience representing youths and vulnerable adults with a variety of mental health and learning difficulties who require an intermediary.