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Chambers of Adrian Darbishire KC and Selva Ramasamy KC
QEB Hollis Whiteman
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Mark Aldred specialises in criminal and regulatory work. In the criminal field, he conducts some of the most serious cases in the criminal calendar including murder and terrorism, both in the Court of Appeal and the Old Bailey. In the regulatory field he specialises in looking after the interests of professionals in their disciplinary tribunals including Police Disciplinary Tribunals, The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, The Nursing and Midwifery Council, The General Medical Council and The General Dental Council. He has particular prominence and expertise in police-related matters and has been recommended as a leading junior in this area. He represents officers at coroners’ inquests and misconduct hearings across the country. He is currently advising firearms officers in relation to the Raoul Moat shootings, representing an officer in the fatal shooting of two bank robbers and is leading a pilot scheme for the Police Federation of England and Wales in relation to misconduct matters. He has extensive expertise in RIPA-related matters and matters relating to surveillance of employees. He has represented both a police force and a fire service in the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, and appeared in the leading case of C v Secretary of State and a Police Authority. He wrote the Metropolitan Police Service’s policy on surveillance in misconduct matters and has advised the Greater London Authority upon the same topic. He is also a regular speaker at the Covert Policing Conference and has presented to the Association of Police Lawyers. He also advises and presents upon the National Debriefers’ Course regarding supergrass evidence and SOCPA.


Part-time lecturer at University College London 1996-98, won the university placement to work for a US law firm for two consecutive years in 1992 and 1993; Metropolitan Police Sergeant in 1991.


Passable Spanish.


Registered with the Bar Council Public Access Directory; Public Access Bar Association (PABA).


Canon Slade Grammar School; University College London; Inns of Court BVC; Middle Temple Lloyd Jacob memorial prize winner.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Police law (forces and constables)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Mark AldredQEB Hollis Whiteman

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

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Mark Aldred  – QEB Hollis Whitman

Focused heavily on business crime and regulatory matters, QEB Hollis Whiteman includes a number of senior members regularly instructed by the SFO, FCA, and NCA, as well as by high-profile defendants, in complex and heavily-scrutinised cases. The set is regularly involved in cross-border cases, with instructions from Magic Circle and major US firms, including international bribery and corruption, trade and sanctions, and corporate fraud proceedings. Former First Senior Treasury Counsel Mark Ellison KC primarily bases his practice around private financial crime defence, primarily internationally, including currently representing an ex-global head of compliance at Alstom relating alleged bribery in Hungary, as well as continuing to represent ENRC in its SFO bribery investigation. Adrian Darbishire KC handles high-profile frauds, bribery and corruption and serious financial misconduct cases, including a standout involvement on behalf of a former Unaoil executive, appealing their conviction for bribery, a case which also saw a major role for Mark Aldred . ‘First rate juniorRhys Meggy continues to establish himself in the financial crime space, regularly defending clients against SFO prosecutions.