Profile

Marcus is an experienced practitioner and noted as a leading junior barrister for the fourth year in a row in the 2017 edition of the Legal 500. His practice includes contract and commercial law in the UK and around the world. Marcus receives instructions from solicitors and takes direct instructions from companies and individuals seeking expert commercial legal advice. In addition Marcus acts for all parties in regulatory matters such as licensing, health and safety cases and environmental issues such as abatement notices.

General Civil and Commercial Litigation

Whether you need advice or representation, Marcus accepts instructions in a broad range of commercial disputes that affect both businesses and individuals. He has experience in debt recovery and litigation across a number of competing jurisdictions with recent work involving parties in dispute in the Caribbean, Switzerland, South Africa and China. Furthermore, he regularly undertakes cases involving high value complex contractual disputes, negligence, probate, trusts and insolvency.

Costs and Detailed Assessment

Marcus regularly attends the Senior Courts Costs Office at the Royal Courts of Justice on complex and high value detailed assessment of costs. Furthermore, he has acted for parties across the country in costs disputes arising from litigation. He advised and represented clients in the first contested hearings regarding the MOJ RTA Personal Injury Portal and contesting the results of provisional assessments (being recently upheld in the Court of Appeal). He can provide cogent and straightforward advice on the new CPR regime post-Denton, including budgeting, costs capping and costs management.

Housing and Property Disputes

Marcus accepts instructions in a variety of landlord and tenant or property owner disputes. He has developed a particular specialism in social housing cases providing both written advice and/or representation in disrepair and possession claims including anti-social behaviour on behalf of local authorities, registered providers and charities. His tenant work has seen him undertake the above plus pursuing unlawful eviction and homelessness claims including Judicial Review.

He regularly advises on issues of property ownership including boundary disputes and trusts of land including applications under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996. Marcus is experienced in assisting clients that wish to bring or challenge claims for adverse possession, the registration of easements or other issues with entries on the register before the Land Registration section of the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).

Criminal

Marcus appears in the Crown Court and Magistrates' Courts across East Anglia and London acting in cases involving all types of criminal offences. He has particular experience of undertaking fraud and financial mismanagement cases, as well as a detailed understanding of the recovery of proceeds of crime post-conviction. Marcus frequently acts for government agencies and respondents who are being pursued under the civil recovery regime for confiscation.

Areas of criminal law expertise include:

* General crime
* Fraud and confiscation
* Road traffic or motoring law
* Regulatory work including trading standards & health and safety

Quotations:
"Just wanted to personally thank you for today, you were awesome… I am really pleased with the outcome… and you can be rest assured I will recommend you to all I know." - Rob, Southend

"We know that our client was extremely grateful for Marcus's assistance on this matter and we are also delighted with the services Marcus provided." - Solicitor, Leonard Gray LLP

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