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(Year of Call 2008)
Joined Chambers: 2015
Bar Vocational Course - Nottingham Law School - ''Very Competent''
Marcus is a well established criminal barrister with extensive Crown Court experience. He appears for both the Crown and Defence and has been instructed alone as well as led junior counsel.
Marcus has been instructed in cases including rape and serious sexual assault, wounding with intent, fraud, firearms offences, drugs supply conspiracies, false imprisonment and violent armed robberies.
His recent cases include the historic rape and serious sexual assault of a 5 year old; the wounding of a police officer with a crowbar; violent false imprisonment and degradation of the victim; the two-handed rape of a 13 year old; a multi-handed affray at an FA Cup match at Villa Park; and a POCA application with an asserted £700,000 confiscation figure.
Marcus also has a long standing interest in cases with a regulatory element, having been instructed in cases involving Trading Standards; DEFRA; HMRC; the RSPCA and a number of Local Authority agencies. These cases include a farmer prosecuted by DEFRA for fraudulently claiming over £200,000 of EU subsidies; a "cowboy" builder accused of multiple fraud and CPUTR offences (including violence); the prosecution of a (HMO) landlord for multiple health and safety offences; and the possession and supply of counterfeit tobacco on a commercial scale.
At an early stage in his career at the Bar, Marcus was instructed as junior disclosure counsel in a £1 million fraud. The case involved the forensic interrogation of over 75,000 documents including complex legal paperwork. Marcus applies this meticulous approach to detail in every case in which he is instructed.
R v A & B (2016) Defence counsel for one of two defendants jointly charged with the rape of a 13 year old. Defendant acquitted.
R v Overend & Thomas (2016) Defence of a man charged with wounding a police officer with a crowbar during an attempted dwelling house burglary.
R v Ronald Kuleso (2016) Defence of a man charged with attempted rape and ABH. Defendant acquitted.
R v SW (2016) Defence of a man charged with rape of his partner. Involved complex cross-examination of a vulnerable complainant. The jury were discharged having been unable to reach a verdict.
R v Behany & Teklesion (2016) Successful prosecution of defendants jointly charged with the importation of drugs into the UK.
R v EF (2015) Defence of a man charged with the historic rape of a 5 year old and numerous sexual assaults of a child. Involved complex issues of law and required careful cross-examination of a complainant who had suffered with serious mental health difficulties.
R v Jason Gamble (2015) Defence of a man charged with criminal damage with intent to endanger life having dropped a brick from a bridge onto a police car attending an emergency call.
R v George Taylor & Angela Poole (2015) Junior counsel in a 6 week £1million fraud trial involving a large number of hearing impaired complainants.
CPS Graded - Level 2