5 St Andrew's Hill

Mark Cotter QC

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Mark is a specialist in the field of criminal law and has extensive experience of defending and prosecuting in all types of criminal case at the highest level. Within the area of general crime, Mark is regularly instructed on a private basis to represent professionals, company directors, sportspersons, those working within the arts and other high net worth individuals who have come into contact with the criminal justice system or are otherwise under investigation. Mark is often instructed at an early stage to advise and assist with strategies to seek to win cases before they come to trial. Where cases do come to trial, Mark is known for his advocacy, work ethic and attention to detail. Within his private practice, Mark deals with the whole range of alleged offences, including, but not limited to, violence, dishonesty, controlled drugs, harassment and sexual offending (including allegations relating to indecent images). Within the context of very serious crime, where Mark also accepts legal aid instructions, Mark’s subjects of expertise are white collar fraud, corruption, serious sexual offences and homicide. Sexual Offences: Mark has appeared in countless cases involving serious sexual offending of all types. Mark has substantial experience of advising and defending individuals working within professional sport (including Premiership/Championship footballers) and of defending medical professionals accused of sexual offending within a clinical environment. His success within this area of work is well established. Fraud/corruption and financial crime: Mark has gained vast experience of dealing with paper-heavy cases raising complex legal and factual issues. He has recently acted in substantial cases involving allegations of Foreign Exchange Fraud, Trader Fraud and Home Office Corruption. Other recent cases have included extensive areas of contested expert evidence relating to regulatory and compliance issues, forensic accounting, ESDA analysis, computer analysis and handwriting. Before taking silk, was admitted to the Serious Fraud Office List at the highest grade (the ‘A’ list). Homicide: Mark’s experience in cases involving homicide is wide ranging and includes cases involving substantial cell site, DNA and other expert evidence, joint enterprise, cut-throat defences and mental health issues. Mark is instructed by many of the most highly ranked solicitors in the country and practices through Chambers in London (5 St Andrew’s Hill), Cardiff (30 Park Place) and Bristol (Queen Square Chambers).