Mark Rainsford KC > 33 Chancery Lane > London, England > Lawyer Profile

33 Chancery Lane
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An internationally pre-eminent silk and litigation strategy expert, specialising in business crime, anti-money laundering, Global Investigations – particularly banking and corporate; criminal defence, and criminal, civil and commercial fraud cases.

Mark is astute at the pre-charge investigation stage, with an impressive track record of deploying strategies to avoid prosecution. His early involvement often results in a non-prosecution outcome.

Clients include SMEs, FTSE 100 and Global Fortune 500 companies, directors, UHNW, HNW individuals; City law firms, accountancy, and private equity firms.

Mark represents corporate whistle-blowers and has unrivalled experience in successfully representing individuals and witnesses involved in SFO, US DoJ and SEC investigations.  He represents witnesses in cases following parallel civil and criminal tracks.

Often Instructed for key actors in flag ship cases, including NMC Health plc; London Capital & Finance; 1MDB; ENRC plc; Société Générale v LIA; Rolls Royce; CWM Fx; BAe Systems; a well-known Russian Oligarch facing sanctions; Vincent Tchenguiz; and other billionaires pursuing pro-active litigation against law enforcement and investigation authorities.

A team player, Mark has a commanding vision honed from years’ experience as leading counsel, fighting hundreds of trials, and fulfilling complex overview roles.

Mark is also an expert in criminal restraint, AFOs, and the seizure and return of crypto currency/digital assets.


UK: Call 1985; Silk 2006

Also Admitted to the Bar in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court; British Virgin Islands Circuit; Grand Cayman (ad hoc.); Turks & Caicos Islands (ad hoc.) and Attorney-at Law of the Supreme Court of Seychelles 2020 (ad hoc).​

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Proceeds of crime (POCA) and asset forfeiture

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Mark Rainsford KC33 Chancery LaneRobust and confident in court. Very likeable. Gets a real grip of the issues.

As ‘the first set that one calls when needing work done on a POCA case‘, 33 Chancery Lane benefits from ‘sheer depth of expertise’, with members acting for a range of clients, including companies, agencies, and regulatory bodies. Kennedy Talbot KC represents the FCA in an investigation concerning the collapse of Worthington Group Ltd, alongside relevant asset freezing orders. In CPS v Aquila Advisory Limited, Martin Evans KC acted in the Supreme Court in proceedings evaluating the impact of a POCA confiscation order on the “no profit/no conflict” rule. Mark Rainsford KC prosecuted on behalf of the CPS in R v Bellway Homes plc, focused on confiscation proceedings resulting in a £600,000 fine. Also representing the CPS, Fiona Jackson acted in confiscation proceedings in connection with fraud by false representation by a defendant extradited from Switzerland.

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Mark Rainsford KC – 33 Chancery Lane ‘Mark is very much a safe pair of hands in complex and difficult fraud investigations and proceedings.’

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Mark Rainsford KC33 Chancery LaneHe is very much a strategic thinker and continually reviews his client’s position, to explore every single avenue. Extremely brilliant on his feet in court and also very persuasive on his written advocacy.