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QEB News: Police response driver acquitted in 8 minutes. Mark Aldred successfully defends PC Warren Lewin, a police response driver charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving whilst responding to an emergency.
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Mark Aldred

Call 1996
LLB (Hons) BVC

Practice: Regulatory & Disciplinary and Crime

Mark Aldred's knowledge of not just police procedures but also his awareness of police culture and hierarchy is invaluable.... Aldred continually demonstrates an empathy and understanding and shows a quick mind and outstanding advocacy skills - The Legal 500 (2010)

‘Recommended as a Leading Junior - Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law (including Police Law) ’ – The Legal 500 (2009)

Summary

Mark Aldred specialises in criminal and regulatory work, using the advocacy skills of the criminal courts in disciplinary tribunals.

In the criminal field he has considerable experience in both prosecution and defence, working both as leading and junior counsel. Recently he has been engaged in advising the Attorney General's Office in appellate cases and dealing with other serious cases at the Central Criminal Court, but is now concentrating on his regulatory practice.

Mark Aldred specialises in issues arising from armed conflict and the rules of engagement.  He most notably successfully defended a Special Forces Corporal charged with assaulting a Taliban detainee.

Specific experience in high profile serious and historical sexual offences, Mark was instructed in the trial of the pop impresario Jonathan King, for various offences relating to historic sexual abuse of young boys.

In the regulatory field, he specialises in defending professionals, regularly appearing in police disciplinary tribunals and defending solicitors in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

Mark Aldred has experience in inquests. He most notably acted for four interested parties in the inquest into a death resulting from a 44 minute police pursuit involving five police vehicles and the forces fixed wing aircraft.

He has particular expertise in the field of police-related matters, advising forces, sitting as a legal assessor and defending in disciplinary hearings. He has also advised the General Dental Council and appeared in the General Medical Council.

He has particular prominence in the regulatory field for his work in advising Public Authorities in relation to covert monitoring of employees, advising both the Metropolitan Police and the Greater London Authority in this complicated area of law.

Career Details

As a specialist in Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, Public Interest Immunity and the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act, Mark Aldred is frequently called upon to advise on these and related matters.

Advisory work has included advising the Serious Organised Crime Agency on the extent of legal privilege of solicitors under investigation; advising Cumbria and Surrey Police on RIPA-related matters; advising the Cheshire Constabulary on disclosure; and advising the General Dental Council on non-performance issues arising from an investigation into fraudulent claims.

Additional Information

Mark Aldred is a regular speaker at the annual Covert Policing Conference on Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) and Public Interest Immunity related topics
He has presented to the Association of Police Lawyers on RIPA

Advisor to Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA)
Advises and presents on the Police National Debriefers’ Course regarding supergrass evidence and SOCPA (Serious Organised Crime and Police Act)
1996-1998 Part-time lecturer at UCL
1991 Metropolitan Police Sergeant.

Education

LLB Hons (University College London)
BVC (Inns of Court School of Law)
Lloyd Jacob Memorial prize

Notable cases:

GMP sergeant who dragged suspect with broken arm across floor cleared of gross misconduct. Sergeant Richard Miller was represented by Mark Aldred. (2015)

PC Lewin (2014)
Police response driver acquitted in 8 minutes.

R -v- Wright (2014)
Canterbury PC Brett Wright from Dover cleared of lying about CCTV of arrest of Murston shoplifter Jack Harbour at Debenhams.

Mark Aldred represented undercover police officer charged with misconduct in public office after becoming addicted to heroin (2014)

R -v- Wrathall - Mark Aldred acted on behalf of British Touring Car Champion in death by careless driving case (2014)

Appeal of DS Jan Beasant (2012)
DS Jan Beasant exonerated: Successful on appeal

Corporal C (2012)
Betrayal of a war hero

PC Holden & Houghton (2012)
Important case for the future of pursuits

Re: Moat (2011)
Advising police officers in relation to the death of Raoul Moat

Inquest into the death of Alan Long (2010)
Acted for an interested party in the inquest into the death of a motorcyclist following a 44 minute police pursuit involving

Articles:

RIPA: does it apply to disciplinary investigations by public bodies?
Does RIPA (Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000) apply to disciplinary investigations by public bodies? Including 'co 4.6.2009
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