Mr Marcus Harry > Chambers of Elizabeth Isaacs KC > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Elizabeth Isaacs KC
St Ives Chambers
B4 6DH

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Marcus Harry is a Barrister specialising in Criminal, Regulatory and Housing law.


Marcus is a well-established criminal barrister with extensive Crown Court experience. He appears for both the Crown and Defence and has been instructed alone as well as led junior counsel. 

He also has a wide ranging regulatory practice appearing in the Crown and Magistrates’ Court where he both prosecutes and defends.

Marcus has developed a strong practice in social housing law acting for local government, housing associations and tenants in the County Court, High Court and has recently been instructed to appear in the Court of Appeal.


Year of Call: 2008

Criminal Law

Within his criminal practice, Marcus has been instructed in cases including rape and serious sexual assault, wounding with intent, fraud, firearms offences, drugs supply conspiracies, false imprisonment and violent armed robberies.

His recent cases include the historic rape and serious sexual assault of a 5-year-old; the wounding of a police officer with a crowbar; violent false imprisonment and degradation of the victim; the two-handed rape of a 13-year-old; a multi-handed affray at an FA Cup match at Villa Park; and a POCA application with an asserted £700,000 confiscation figure.

Marcus also has a long-standing interest in cases with a regulatory element, having been instructed in cases involving Trading Standards; DEFRA; HMRC; the RSPCA and a number of Local Authority agencies. These cases include a farmer prosecuted by DEFRA for fraudulently claiming over £200,000 of EU subsidies; a “cowboy” builder accused of multiple fraud and CPUTR offences (including violence); the prosecution of a (HMO) landlord for multiple health and safety offences; and the possession and supply of counterfeit tobacco on a commercial scale.

At an early stage in his career at the Bar, Marcus was instructed as junior disclosure counsel in a £1 million fraud. The case involved the forensic interrogation of over 75,000 documents including complex legal paperwork. Marcus applies this meticulous approach to detail in every case in which he is instructed.

Notable Cases:

R v A & B (2016) – Defence counsel for one of two defendants jointly charged with the rape of a 13-year-old. Defendant acquitted.

R v Overend & Thomas (2016) – Defence of a man charged with wounding a police officer with a crowbar during an attempted dwelling house burglary.

R v Ronald Kuleso (2016) – Defence of a man charged with attempted rape and ABH. Defendant acquitted.

R v SW (2016) Defence of a man charged with rape of his partner. Involved complex cross-examination of a vulnerable complainant. The jury were discharged having been unable to reach a verdict.

R v Behany & Teklesion (2016) Successful prosecution of defendants jointly charged with the importation of drugs into the UK.

R v EF (2015) Defence of a man charged with the historic rape of a 5-year-old and numerous sexual assaults of a child. Involved complex issues of law and required careful cross-examination of a complainant who had suffered with serious mental health difficulties.

R v Jason Gamble (2015) Defence of a man charged with criminal damage with intent to endanger life having dropped a brick from a bridge onto a police car attending an emergency call.

R v George Taylor & Angela Poole (2015) Junior counsel in a 6 week £1million fraud trial involving a large number of hearing impaired complainants.

Regulatory Law

Marcus has developed a strong regulatory practice dealing with Trading Standards, Food Hygiene, Animal Welfare, and Taxi Licensing prosecutions. He is instructed by HM Revenue and Customs, The Department for Work and Pensions and Local Authorities alongside regular instructions to defend.

He has a particular interest in fraud cases encompassing consumer protection regulation. He recently defended a builder charged with over 20 offences involving violence used towards elderly complainants. His strong criminal practice enables him to quickly grasp the issues in such cases in order to provide written advice or in readiness for trial.

Notable cases:

Instructed by HMRC to undertake an extensive disclosure exercise in a £10 million fraud.

Prosecution of two defendants in a large-scale fraud involving car ‘clocking’ and multiple victims.

Defence of business owner charged with multiple food hygiene offences.

Prosecution of ‘rogue trader’ who took deposits for work but failed to deliver.

Housing Law

Marcus has developed a strong practice in social housing law acting for local government, housing associations and tenants in the County Court, High Court and has recently been instructed to appear in the Court of Appeal.

He regularly receives instructions in possession proceedings involving anti-social behaviour, injunction applications (including gang injunctions and High Court injunctions against “persons unknown)” and has a particular interest in cases involving Equality Act 2010 and human rights issues.

He recently appeared in a gang injunction trial lasting six weeks in which injunctions were granted against 17 defendants. He is due to appear before the High Court to argue the legitimacy of granting gang injunctions against prisoners serving lengthy custodial sentences.

Notable Cases

Mohamed Abdulrahman v Circle 33 Housing Trust Ltd (2017) CA (Civ Div)

Deeds v Various Respondents [2013] EWCA Civ 1678 (28 November 2013)




Bar Vocational Course – Nottingham Law School – ”Very Competent”

CPS Graded – Level 2

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Marcus HarrySt Ives Chambers Marcus is the ‘go to’ counsel. He is calm under pressure, tirelessly hardworking, methodical in thought and respected by his peers. His IT skills complement his advocacy, leading to thoroughly prepared cases and confidence that complex cases will be defended properly. He has a gentle approach with clients to ensure that they fully listen to and fully understand the issues that will prove to be important to them in their defence.’