• A phenomenal strategist and outstanding advocate, Mark Aldred is committed to the client and always delivers.

    Corporate & Financial Crime 

    Mark Aldred is often instructed to defend in large complex investigations conducted by the SFO, especially where the cases involves an international element.  He is extremely tactically aware and is often instructed early in the process to advise upon Section 2 orders, particularly where it is unclear whether an individual is a witness or a suspect. He specialises in bribery and corruption investigations whether conduct is pre- or post the 2010 Act.

    Crime 

    Mark Aldred has experience of the most sensitive and high-profile cases involving terrorism, murder, firearms offences, serious drugs offences and serious and historic sexual assault.  He has developed a particular interest and expertise in issues arising from armed conflict and the rules of engagement.  His expertise in the field of professional discipline places him in the unique position of being able to expertly deal with professional clients through dual criminal, regulatory enquiries and associated coroner’s inquests, where a death has occurred.  This is most noted in his police work.

    Regulatory 

    Mark has brought the skills he has gleaned from his serious criminal practice to the regulatory stage with incredible success.  Now with a focus on professional discipline, he has worked across a vast number of tribunals.  His particular expertise is in police discipline, he is one of the leading specialists in police law and is sought out to advise on the most complex and impacting issues for the police federation and its members.

    Public Law

    Mark Aldred has specific expertise of representing professionals at inquests where they are party to a death in the work place.  His knowledge of the fields of professional discipline and crime have led to him being considered the natural choice in this field, particularly so for police officers linked to a death in custody or a death following a police pursuit.

    Reviews

    Chambers UK 2019: Financial Crime – Band 4

    Legal 500 2017: Business and Regulatory Crime (Including Global investigations) - Tier 3; Police Law (Defendant) - Tier 2

    'An expert strategist who displays ceaseless determination and energy to pursue a client's case to the best possible outcome. His skill in handling SFO investigations and leading teams of lawyers is extremely valuable.' Chambers UK Financial Crime (2019)

    ‘A real grafter with good common sense, he fights his clients’ corner aggressively but politely.’ Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime (2018)

    ‘A devastating tactician and cross-examiner.’ Legal 500 Police Law (2018)

    'An excellent strategist with ceaseless energy to pursue cases to the best possible outcome.' Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime (2017)

    'An excellent strategist with ceaseless energy to pursue cases to the best possible outcome.' Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime (2017)

    'He works well in a team, and is thoughtful and incisive.' Legal 500 Police Law (2017)

    Appointments

    • Legal assessor in police disciplinary hearings

    Education

    • BVC Inns of Court School of Law
    • LLB (Hons) UCL London

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    Recent Cases

    News

    • Gross misconduct proceedings against police driver suspended following submissions by Mark Aldred

      In 2017 Police driver PC Russell Kyle was involved in a collision with a pedestrian while responding to reports of a group of marauding males armed with an axe and a hammerMark Aldred defended PC Kyle at Lewes Crown Court against criminal charges relating...

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    • Mark Aldred successfully argues that officer's disciplinary hearing - following a Crown Court acquittal - amounted to an abuse of process

      Mark Aldred successfully represented a police officer accused of injuring a cage fighter following a bar brawl before a disciplinary panel at Sussex Police HQ in Lewes. Mark was instructed by Adam James of Goodall Barnett James Solicitors. For press cover...

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    • Mark Aldred's speech to Roads Policing Conference featured as POLICE magazine's cover story

      Mark’s spoke about his own experience of representing Police Officers.

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    • Mark Aldred defends Police Pursuit driver cleared of dangerous driving

      PC Mark Calladine was cleared of causing serious injury by dangerous driving during a police pursuit.PC Calladine’s vehicle collided with the Ford pickup when it turned across the path of a police vehicle as it overtook a line of slow moving traffic...

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    • Mark Aldred represents a Police Pursuit Officer at the Inquest into the death of a Driver

      Mark Aldred represents an officer at the inquest into the death of a man who was killed during a police car pursuit. 

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    • Mark Aldred comments on the liability of 999 response drivers

      The Police Federation of England and Wales warned its members that there is no exemption from prosecution for careless or dangerous driving for response units.

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    • Mark Aldred represents Greater Manchester Police Inspector accused of misconduct

      Mark Aldred acted for Detective Inspector David Kehoe who was accused of abusing his powers in ordering the arrest of a 'legal observer' at an anti-fracking demonstration.

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    • Mark Aldred speaks at Police Federation Annual Conference

      Mark Aldred today gave what was described by the Police Federation as ‘an eye opening talk’ to their Annual Conference in Bournemouth.

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    • Radio 5 live investigates Police Pursuits.

      Radio 5 live discussion in regards to the figures of the amount of people injured in result of Police Pursuits.

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    • Mark Aldred defends PC Warren Lewin.

      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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    • Police Scapegoat Detective Sues Mishandled Investigation

      Jan Beasant (a former detective) is suing the police for up to £500,000 in the High Court.The case of Charlene Downnes, a young girl, 14, who's body has never been found. Charlene was groomed by a sex gang in blackpool, the gang had connections to takeawa...

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    • Police forces 'halt car chases over compensation claim fears'

      Mark Aldred comments on the police forces and their attitude on reducing the risk to the public in relation to Police Pursuits.

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    • Doubts over credibility of supergrass Neil Putnam

      “'Substantial doubts' raised over credibility of supergrass Neil Putnam who 'exposed' Met Police corruption after Stephen Lawrence murder case”http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/substantial-doubts-raised-over-credibility-of-supergrass-...

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    • Police car that crashed and injured members of public

      Police car that crashed and injured members of public was travelling at over 70mph in 30mph zone.

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    • Officer cleared of 'Dangerous' pursuit

      Police officer acquitted of dangerous driving following a police pursuit.

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    Articles

    • Are Police Pursuit Drivers too Exposed to the Risk of Prosecution

      The recent case of R v Holden and Houghton heralds a new and disturbing approach to Police Pursuits by the CPS. Mark Aldred, the barrister who defended both officers, considers the implications arising out of this case

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    • Does RIPA (Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000) apply to disciplinary investigations by public bodies?

      One instinctively thinks as ‘surveillance’ as being an activity confined to the Police and other investigative agencies. However, the term ‘surveillance’ is defined by The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) in such a way that many non investigatory bodies may be conducting ‘surveillance’ whether they know it or not.

      View Article

  • Corporate and Financial Crime

    A senior junior employing his keen intellect and ability to master the voluminous and complex in the field of corporate and financial crime; as he has turned his focus to the defence of SFO investigations, Mark Aldred has impressed the market.

    Overview

    Mark Aldred is often instructed to defend in large complex investigations conducted by the SFO, especially where the cases involves an international element.  He is extremely tactically aware and is often instructed early in the process to advise upon Section 2 orders, particularly where it is unclear whether an individual is a witness or a suspect. He specialises in bribery and corruption investigations whether conduct is pre- or post the 2010 Act.

    Experience 

    Mark’s understanding of the complex, his astute judgement and commitment to not just the client but the team he is working with has proven him an invaluable asset in the defence of numerous SFO investigations.  Widely recognised as an exceptional advocate, Mark has also established a reputation for his advisory skills; he identifies the issues to be dealt with at the earliest stages of the investigation and swiftly provides a solution. 

    Mark has recently been engaged to represent an individual arising from the SFO corruption investigation into G4S and SERCO in relation to government contracts.  He is also currently representing an individual in relation to the SFO bribery and corruption investigation of Unaoil.

    Notable Cases

    SFO Investigation into G4S (2013)
    Instructed to represent an individual arising from the SFO corruption investigation into the G4S and SERCO in relation to Government Contracts.  

    R v Taylor (2015)
    Police officer charged with fraud and offences under the Insolvency Act as a result of statements made during liquidation proceedings. Instructed by Burton Copeland.

    Reviews

    Chambers UK 2019: Financial Crime – Band 4

    Legal 500 2017: Business and Regulatory Crime (Including Global investigations) - Tier 3

    'An expert strategist who displays ceaseless determination and energy to pursue a client's case to the best possible outcome. His skill in handling SFO investigations and leading teams of lawyers is extremely valuable.' Chambers UK Financial Crime (2019)

    'A real grafter with good common sense, he fights his clients’ corner aggressively but politely.' Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime (2018)

    'An excellent strategist with ceaseless energy to pursue cases to the best possible outcome.' Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime (2017)

    Recent Cases

  • A consummate advocate with vast experience of the most serious and sensitive crimes, Mark Aldred has skill, energy and absolute commitment to his client; he is the sort of counsel you want in your corner.

    Overview 

    Mark Aldred has experience of the most sensitive and high-profile cases involving terrorism, murder, firearms offences, serious drugs offences and serious and historic sexual assault.  He has developed a particular interest and expertise in issues arising from armed conflict and the rules of engagement.  His expertise in the field of professional discipline places him in the unique position of being able to expertly deal with professional clients through dual criminal, regulatory enquiries and associated coroner’s inquests, where a death has occurred.  This is most noted in his police work.

    Experience 

    Mark Aldred has been instructed in cases involving the gravest offences, these have included: all types of homicide; all types of organised crime, including firearms and serious drug offences; and all types of sexual offences, including those that are historic and rape.  

    He has considerable experience in acting for both the prosecution and defence, working both as leading and junior counsel.

    Mark is a former Treasury Counsel Monitoree, as a result of which, he has been engaged in advising the Attorney General's Office in appellate cases and has dealt with the most serious cases at the Central Criminal Court.  His work has often involved complex and often sensitive issues such as PII, disclosure, legal privilege and supergrass evidence.  Mark led for the prosecution in cases stemming from the Chandlers Ford armed robbery shooting; he was also engaged to act in the inquest arising from the shooting. He acted for the prosecution at the Old Bailey and the Court of Appeal in the case of Clark and Drury, a case of historic police corruption involving allegations by the former officer and supergrass Neil Putnam.  Mark also prosecuted R v   Percival in both the Crown Court and Court of Appeal, a case of gangland murder and police corruption so sensitive that he worked with a specialist police team from a covert location.  He subsequently liaised with the CCRC in relation to a review of the supergrass evidence. His role in the case led to him presenting on the Police National De-briefers’ course.

    Mark 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.  Mark also has experience of court-martials.

    Mark has 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.

    Mark has come to specialise in the defence of professionals, both in the regulatory and criminal spheres.  This is most evident in his defence of police officers although expands to the medical and legal professions.

    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.  Mark regularly provides bespoke training on these complex area of law.

    Mark’s experience is vast and varied, he has dealt with the most heinous crimes, from the cradle to the grave, and has developed expertise in the numerous complex issues that have arisen. His knowledge of other legal arenas places him exceptionally well to provide the full package to any client.

    Notable Cases

    R v Clark & Drury (2011)
    Mark Aldred acted for the defence in this historic police corruption case.

    R v Percival (2010)
    Prosecution of a gangland murder involving police corruption and supergrass evidence.

    Reviews

    Chambers UK 2019: Financial Crime – Band 4

    Legal 500 2017: Business and Regulatory Crime (Including Global investigations) - Tier 3

    ‘An expert strategist who displays ceaseless determination and energy to pursue a client's case to the best possible outcome. His skill in handling SFO investigations and leading teams of lawyers is extremely valuable.’ Chambers UK Financial Crime (2019)

    ‘A real grafter with good common sense, he fights his clients’ corner aggressively but politely.’ Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime (2018)

    'An excellent strategist with ceaseless energy to pursue cases to the best possible outcome.' Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime (2017)

    News

    • Mark Aldred comments on the liability of 999 response drivers

      The Police Federation of England and Wales warned its members that there is no exemption from prosecution for careless or dangerous driving for response units.

    • Doubts over credibility of supergrass Neil Putnam

      “'Substantial doubts' raised over credibility of supergrass Neil Putnam who 'exposed' Met Police corruption after Stephen Lawrence murder case”http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/substantial-doubts-raised-over-credibility-of-supergrass-...

  • An absolute expert in the field of professional regulation with a particular focus on Police Discipline, Mark Aldred is the go-to senior junior in this field; what he doesn’t know isn’t worth knowing.

    Overview 

    Mark has brought the skills he has gleaned from his serious criminal practice to the regulatory stage with incredible success.  Now with a focus on professional discipline, he has worked across a vast number of tribunals.  His particular expertise is in police discipline, he is one of the leading specialists in police law and is sought out to advise on the most complex and impacting issues for the police federation and its members.

    Experience 

    Mark Aldred specialises in regulatory matters and is instructed to defend professionals in various tribunals including the SDT, NMC and RICS. He represented Dr Howard Martin, a GP charged with four counts of murder.  He also presents for the GDC and the GMC.

    In the field of police law, he is one of the leading specialists with more than 18 years’ experience as a barrister together with prior experience as a Police Sergeant for the Metropolitan Police.  He is regularly instructed by the Police Federation to act for its members in the most high-profile police cases including Moat, Plebgate, Savile inquiry and the Holden pursuit case. He also acted for DS Jan Beasant in her successful appeal following her dismissal for her role in the Charlene Downe review in light of BSB guidance murder inquiry, subsequently the subject of a Panorama documentary. He also sits as a legal assessor in police discipline hearings.  Mark sits on the Police Federation Roads Policing Group and spearheads the legal campaign on behalf of ACPO and the Police Federation in relation to the legality of police pursuits. He was instrumental in bringing about the change in the DPP’s revised guidance regarding prosecution of emergency response drivers.

    He is one of the foremost authorities on the law surrounding covert surveillance and RIPA-related issues, especially in pursuit of misconduct investigations. He acted for the Director of Legal Services for the Police Authority in the leading case of C v Police and Secretary of State IPT/03/32/H. He advised on the Met Police policy on covert surveillance (disciplinary investigations) and has advised many other public bodies in relation to RIPA including the FCA, the General Dental Council and the Greater London Authority. He has been instructed to act for a company in a civil claim involving the employer monitoring an employee’s communications.

    Mark is committed to the development of the law and its employment in this field.  He regularly provides bespoke training, most regularly on police pursuits and RIPA.

    Mark’s knowledge, experience, energy and committed personable approach make him ideally suited to representing professionals during the course of an investigation as well as advising and acting for a regulator.

    Notable Cases

    Moat (2011)
    Mark Aldred was instructed to represent firearms officers involved in Moat shooting.

    Reviews

    Legal 500 2017: Police Law (Defendant) - Tier 2

    ‘A devastating tactician and cross-examiner.’ Legal 500 Police Law (2018)

    'He works well in a team, and is thoughtful and incisive.' Legal 500 Police Law (2017)

    'He works well in a team, and is thoughtful and incisive.' Legal 500 Police Law (2017)

    '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.'  Legal 500

    Recent Cases

    News

    • Gross misconduct proceedings against police driver suspended following submissions by Mark Aldred

      In 2017 Police driver PC Russell Kyle was involved in a collision with a pedestrian while responding to reports of a group of marauding males armed with an axe and a hammerMark Aldred defended PC Kyle at Lewes Crown Court against criminal charges relating...

    • Mark Aldred successfully argues that officer's disciplinary hearing - following a Crown Court acquittal - amounted to an abuse of process

      Mark Aldred successfully represented a police officer accused of injuring a cage fighter following a bar brawl before a disciplinary panel at Sussex Police HQ in Lewes. Mark was instructed by Adam James of Goodall Barnett James Solicitors. For press cover...

    • Mark Aldred's speech to Roads Policing Conference featured as POLICE magazine's cover story

      Mark’s spoke about his own experience of representing Police Officers.

    • Mark Aldred defends Police Pursuit driver cleared of dangerous driving

      PC Mark Calladine was cleared of causing serious injury by dangerous driving during a police pursuit.PC Calladine’s vehicle collided with the Ford pickup when it turned across the path of a police vehicle as it overtook a line of slow moving traffic...

    • Mark Aldred comments on the liability of 999 response drivers

      The Police Federation of England and Wales warned its members that there is no exemption from prosecution for careless or dangerous driving for response units.

    • Mark Aldred represents Greater Manchester Police Inspector accused of misconduct

      Mark Aldred acted for Detective Inspector David Kehoe who was accused of abusing his powers in ordering the arrest of a 'legal observer' at an anti-fracking demonstration.

    • Mark Aldred speaks at Police Federation Annual Conference

      Mark Aldred today gave what was described by the Police Federation as ‘an eye opening talk’ to their Annual Conference in Bournemouth.

    • Radio 5 live investigates Police Pursuits.

      Radio 5 live discussion in regards to the figures of the amount of people injured in result of Police Pursuits.

    • Police Scapegoat Detective Sues Mishandled Investigation

      Jan Beasant (a former detective) is suing the police for up to £500,000 in the High Court.The case of Charlene Downnes, a young girl, 14, who's body has never been found. Charlene was groomed by a sex gang in blackpool, the gang had connections to takeawa...

    • Police forces 'halt car chases over compensation claim fears'

      Mark Aldred comments on the police forces and their attitude on reducing the risk to the public in relation to Police Pursuits.

    • Police car that crashed and injured members of public

      Police car that crashed and injured members of public was travelling at over 70mph in 30mph zone.

    Articles

    • Are Police Pursuit Drivers too Exposed to the Risk of Prosecution

      The recent case of R v Holden and Houghton heralds a new and disturbing approach to Police Pursuits by the CPS. Mark Aldred, the barrister who defended both officers, considers the implications arising out of this case

      View Article

    • Does RIPA (Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000) apply to disciplinary investigations by public bodies?

      One instinctively thinks as ‘surveillance’ as being an activity confined to the Police and other investigative agencies. However, the term ‘surveillance’ is defined by The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) in such a way that many non investigatory bodies may be conducting ‘surveillance’ whether they know it or not.

      View Article

  • Notable experience of inquests and specifically of representing professional participants, Mark Aldred is recognised for his commitment to the client and for obtaining the best possible outcome for them.

    Overview 

    Mark Aldred has specific expertise of representing professionals at inquests where they are party to a death in the work place.  His knowledge of the fields of professional discipline and crime have led to him being considered the natural choice in this field, particularly so for police officers linked to a death in custody or a death following a police pursuit.

    Experience

    Mark Aldred regularly appears in inquests, especially those involving police contact deaths, and has acted for officers conducting pursuits, officers in aircraft and officers who have taken the deceased into police custody.  Mark’s experience of representing officers at inquests is vast, often extending from his involvement in their disciplinary proceedings.  He has represented officers of various ranks and in a vast array of circumstances.

    Mark’s work in professional regulation has meant that he has represented people in professions beyond law enforcement; his experience of the GMC, NMC and GDC has meant that he is well placed to represent those in the medical profession when they are party to proceedings in the coroner’s court.

    Mark’s detailed knowledge of the professions he has worked with, their regulations and culture means that he is the ideal candidate to represent those individuals facing further scrutiny via the Public Law route.

    Notable Cases

    Plebgate Inquiry (2013)
    Mark Aldred was instructed to represent the interests of a Police Federation lead in the Plebgate inquiry.

    Savile Inquiry (2012)
    Mark Aldred was instructed by The Police Federation of England and Wales to represent all officers affected by the Savile inquiry. 

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

    Reviews

    'An expert strategist who displays ceaseless determination and energy to pursue a client's case to the best possible outcome.' Chambers UK (2019)

    'A real grafter with good common sense, he fights his clients’ corner aggressively but politely.' Legal 500 (2018)

    'An excellent strategist with ceaseless energy to pursue cases to the best possible outcome.' Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime (2017)

    'He works well in a team, and is thoughtful and incisive.' Legal 500 Police Law (2017)

    Recent Cases

    News