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Appointed to the List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health & Safety and Environmental Law (List C).
Prior to joining Six Pump Court, Mark worked as a paralegal for two years in commercial law firms, which gives him an excellent insight into their day-to-day workings.
Philosophy with Classical Civilisation, University of Warwick
Graduate Diploma in Law, University of Plymouth
Bar Professional Training Course, University of Law
CPS Level 1 Advocate Panel 2016-2020 (London and South-Eastern Circuits)
Contributing author to Garner’s Environmental Law Encyclopaedia
Mark has a broad practice and appears regularly in a variety of courts, as well as producing opinions and pleadings across various practice areas. In the past six months he has also assisted on large-scale disclosure projects for two government departments.
Planning and Environmental
Mark spent three months of pupillage with William Upton observing a variety of planning matters including High Court work and local authority planning inquiries.
From his time with Christopher Badger, Mark saw a thorough cross-section of environmental prosecution and defence work, as well as producing first-draft advices on various areas including the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.
Mark has, in his own right, been involved in the prosecution of various minor planning and environmental offences by undertaking prosecution lists for London Borough Authorities and has recently prosecuted a three-day Crown Court trial for fly-tipping offences.
On the advisory side, Mark has written advice for a global NGO on the impact of the Withdrawal Bill on environmental principles.
He is a regular contributor to Chambers’ Weekly Environmental Law News.
Civil, Commercial and Chancery
Mark has conducted numerous small claims and fast track trials. More particularly, he has also successfully applied for summary judgment in a defamation action, appeared in an appeal against a decision not to grant relief from sanctions and recovered a debt owed personally by the director of a series of Phoenix companies.
He has appeared in the District Registry, successfully acting for an executrix in an application to pass-over, and has experience of advising in respect of the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act.
He is well versed in Police (Property) Act cases for actions concerning the recovery of property seized during the course of investigations.
From experiences during pupillage and working as a paralegal previously, Mark is confident drafting pleadings across a number of practice areas.
Mark assisted in drafting a lengthy advice during pupillage on the merits of challenging the licence renewal of a well-known ride sharing app under the taxi and other legislation.
He has been successful in having the decision of TfL to revoke a suburban London taxi driver’s licence overturned and also has experience of prosecuting various licensing offences, including the sale of prohibited items to underage persons and Housing Act offences, for Local Authorities.
Mark secured repeat instructions during pupillage for Stage 3 hearings as well as undertaking infant approval settlements and drafting advices on quantum.
He recently appeared in a mock-trial for the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (East Anglia Branch) concerned with the recovery of damages for an injury sustained at work.
Mark spent four months of his pupillage with Simon Taylor observing trials, both prosecution and defence, of matters including serious sexual offences, grievous bodily harm and driving offences.
During his 2nd Six Mark appeared regularly in the Magistrates’ Courts undertaking trials and in the Crown Court, where his work included prosecuting and defending committals for sentence, conducting appeals against conviction and sentence and undertaking Proceeds of Crime Act hearings.
Below is a brief selection of appearances Mark has undertaken.
Deadline approaches for pension schemes
The Occupational Pension Schemes (Investment) Regulations 2005 have been amended to require trustees to update their ‘Statement of Investment Principles’ (“SIP”) to cover “financially material considerations over the appropriate time horizon of investments, including how those ...read more
Murder Conviction in Maids Moreton Trial: Oliver Saxby QC and Mark Davies for the Crown
The trial of Field, Smith and Field finished last Friday with the conviction of the principal defendant, Ben Field, of the murder of the retired English teacher, Peter Farquhar. The trial (which had commenced on 30th April) was of the utmost complexity and gravity. Oliver Saxby QC was leading for ...read more
Maids Moreton murder trial - Oliver Saxby QC leading for Crown
The trial of Field, Smyth and Field began last Tuesday at Oxford Crown Court. The three face allegations relating to five victims - Peter Farquhar, Anne Moore-Martin, Jonathan Elliman, Howard Meakin and Liz Zettl. Ben Field (aged 28) and Martyn Smith (32) were English students at the University ...read more