Mr Mark Fraser > Rose Court Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Rose Court Chambers
71–75 Shelton Street
London
WC2H 9JQ
England

Position

Mark is a defence specialist.

He has a reputation for building a strong rapport with both lay and professional clients based on meticulous preparation, coupled with a direct no-nonsense approach both in and out of court. 

He also a reputation for being able to get the best out of young and vulnerable defendants, including those on the autistic spectrum and clients suffering from mental incapacity and mental illness. His experience extends to cases where an intermediary was required. Mark regularly appears in cases alleging Murder, Kidnap, Serious Violence, Firearms, Large-Scale Drugs Supply, and Offences of Dishonesty, including Large-Scale Fraud and Money Laundering Cases. He also defends in trials involving Serious Sexual Offences (including Historic Sex Cases).

Mark’s experience includes representing defendants charged with evasion of Import Duty and Value Added Tax. He has particular experience in representing defendants charged with Causing Death by Dangerous Driving.

Mark is regularly privately instructed to advise on the merits of appeal on cases in which he was not originally instructed. 

Mark Is Direct Access qualified.

Career

Legal 500 Submission

  • Ranked in Tier 2 for Crime – The Legal 500 (2021)

2019 – “Passionate defence counsel who fights for his clients with every essence of his being. Robust advocate with a courteous style.”

2020 – “A powerful advocate with the ability to look beyond the obvious. He has a manner that immediately puts any client at ease and his client care is second to none. He is sharp and insightful, but never overbearing and he is as persuasive an advocate outside as inside the courtroom.”

2021 – “A sharp, insightful, and very smooth advocate. Brilliant with clients and making them feel at ease. Fantastic at analysing the finer points (such as cell site evidence) and breaking elements down succinctly.”

2021 – R v LW – Murder – Central Criminal Court – Junior Counsel instructed for one of four defendants charged with murder and s18 GBH, both by stabbing. Acquitted

2020 – R v RBL – Murder – Central Criminal Court – Junior Counsel instructed for one of two defendants standing trial in relation to a shooting captured on CCTV and ID not in issue. Acquitted

2020 – R v RN – Murder – Isleworth Crown Court – Junior Counsel for a defendant charged in relation to a “one punch” murder. Following a successful submission of no case in relation to Murder, he was acquitted by a jury of Manslaughter.

2020 – R v JA – Conspiracy to Transfer a Firearm – Counsel was instructed to represent one of three defendants and following continued requests for disclosure during the trial, the crown was “forced” to offer no further evidence. Acquitted.

2019 – R v KD – Murder – Was instructed as Junior Counsel to represent the first of three defendants who were inmates within HMP Wormwood Scrubs and were alleged to have planned and carried out a fatal attack on a fourth inmate. Acquitted.

2019 – R v BD – Double Murder – Was instructed as Junior Counsel to represent one of two defendants alleged to have been part of a group of thirteen or more males who embarked on a series of violent attacks across parts of central and east London. A rampage that left two young men dead and another seriously wounded. Five separate incidents were identified that took place in under two hours.

2019 – R v CM – Human Trafficking – Preston Crown Court – Counsel was Instructed to represent one of eight defendants alleged to have been the central figure and organiser) following a police investigation into an international operation trafficking women who had been brought into the country for the purposes of prostitution. These women were transferred between brothels situated in northern and midland towns and cities.

2019 – R v LB – Firearms & Explosives – Counsel was instructed to represent one of six defendants charged with possession of explosives, firearms, component parts of firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

2019 – R v HEA – Money Laundering – Harrow Crown Court – Counsel was instructed to represent one of three defendants said to be involved in a conspiracy to launder the proceeds of crime through an MSB of which he was in control. Acquitted.

Memberships

Criminal Barristers Association

Middle Temple

Middle Temple Harmsworth Scholar 2001

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Mark Fraser – Rose Court Chambers ‘Mark exudes confidence in all that he does. In turn, lay clients put their full trust in him. This results in exceptional outcomes in their cases.’