Overview of Practice
Mark Trafford is an experienced criminal and common law advocate. He has appeared in all courts throughout the England and Wales from the Magistrates Court, the Coroners’ Court, County and Criminal Courts to the Supreme Court. Mark is particularly experienced in criminal and civil fraud as well as murder and other serious criminal cases. He has acted for high street as well as national and international firms. He has acted for the Central Fraud Group and SOCA. Mark has also been in demand in employment law, where he has appeared in ETs, the EAT and Court of Appeal; contract law and civil litigation matters. Mark has been invited to speak at a number of conference and seminars on topics from bribery at American Bar Association/Employment Lawyers Association annual conference in London to the effect of Montgomery to the British Heart Valve Society at St Barts in London.
Mark is currently researching a book on the History of the Jury Trial in the UK having been a central participant during the Covid Lockdown of JUSTICE’s research trials into virtual justice.
Mark has practised in London, the Western Circuit and the South Eastern Circuit for much of his career. He has appeared for both prosecution and defence in the whole range of cases from offences of dishonesty and minor violence through to major drug importations; serious sexual offences, both historic and recent and murder and manslaughter. In the last few years Mark has appeared in a broad range of criminal litigation. In 2019 Mark successfully completed a defence of a seven month long Private Prosecution (the longest in the English Courts) which attracted press coverage in a number of publications and led to submissions to the Parliamentary Select Committee considering private prosecutions in 2020.