Mark George QC is a highly experienced defence trial advocate of more than 30 years' call, with considerable expertise in murder, manslaughter, major drug importations and serious sexual cases. Mark is a member of Garden Court North Chambers in Manchester.
Before he took silk, Mark was regularly briefed in serious cases of historic sexual assault, often representing teachers and carers. His extensive experience also includes many appearances in drug importation cases involving massive amounts of illegal drugs as well as other serious cases involving amongst others allegations of attempted murder.
Mark also has considerable experience of hearings before the Parole Board where he represents prisoners, particularly before lifer panels and has advised in many cases involving serving prisoners and their rights in areas such as sentence calculation and security categorisation. Mark has also undertaken judicial review work relating to prison law.
R.v. Hughes  EWCA Crim 1026 Life sentence quashed and hospital order under s. 37/41 of the Mental Health Act 1983 substituted.
R. (Mohammed Ali) v. Director of High Security  EWHC 1732 (Admin) Category A prisoners designated as either "high" or "exceptional" escape risk are entitled to be given sufficient reasons for the decision to maintain that status so as to enable them to decided whether to challenge that decision.
R.v. Thompson - Stafford Crown Ct - September 2009 Represented soldier charged with murdering his 21-month-old stepson. The prosecution accepted plea to manslaughter.
R.v. Hughes ;  1 Cr. App. (S.) 25 EWCA Crim 841 Successfully argued that reference by Att. General does not extinguish defendant's right to subsequently appeal on grounds of fresh evidence.
R.v. Ian Price - Birmingham Crown Court - March 2009 Acquitted of attempting to murder his wife by rigging up a device to start a fire during the night.
R. v. Little - Chester Crown Court - November 2008 Partial acquittal of teacher charged with serious sexual assault on pupil who developed a crush on him.
R. v. Cooper - Sheffield Crown Court - October 2008 Successfully defended man charged with attempted murder.
R.v. Noel Matthews - Stafford C.C. - July 2008 Jury failed to agree in case alleging multiple sexual assaults on step-daughter. No re-trial.
R.v. Brereton and others - Sheffield C.C. - April 2008 Application to dismiss indictment against environmental protesters arrested in relation to campaign against widening of M1 motorway - upheld by judge.
R.v. Robinson Manchester Crown Court 26.01.08 Guilty plea to offence under s.113 Anti-Terrorism, Crime & Security Act 2001 (sending noxious thing likely to cause harm or intimidate) by alleged member of the SNLA who had sent packages containing caustic soda to two people. Sentenced to six years imprisonment.
R v Omar Altimimi  (offences under Terrorism Act; first trial in Manchester involving allegations of conduct linked to "Middle Eastern" terrorism).
R v S (Andrew)  1 W.L.R. 63;  2 Cr. App. R. 437 (introducing evidence of the bad character of the complainant).
R v Ablewhite & ors  Nottingham Crown Court (unreported, the Staffordshire guinea pig farm case).
R v Holliday; R v Leboutillier  1 Cr.App.R(s).349 (70) (nuisance phone calls by animal rights activists).
R v AB  (VHCC case).
R v James Carragher  (VHCC case, leading counsel) (buggery and indecent assault).
A-G's Ref . Nos 58/66 of 2002 (R. v. Coudjoe and others)  EWCA Crim 636 (on the levels of sentence for street gangs involved with firearms and drug supply).
R.v. Khan (Umer) sub nom. R.v. Dad and others  EWCA Crim 945;  Crim L.R. 684 (regarding hostile witnesses).
Mark was junior counsel in the case of R.v. Khan (Sultan)  A.C. 558;  2 Cr. App. R. 440 in which the Crown sought to rely on evidence obtained from a covert listening device placed in a private home. The case exposed the lack of statutory regulation of surveillance at the time and forced the government to introduce legislation to put such activities by the police and security services on a statutory footing. This was achieved first through the Police Act 1997 (Part III) and then by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.