Mark Florida-James

Crime


Mark has practised criminal law since being called to the Bar 23 years ago, principally defending.

As Senior Crown Advocate he prosecuted (as sole advocate or leading junior) multi-handed conspiracies (drugs, fraud, burglary) and many other serious crimes (murder, rape, historic sexual offences and people trafficking etc.).

He has defended as sole advocate in trials of the most serious offences, including terrorism at the Old Bailey, manslaughter, blackmail, kidnapping, people trafficking, conspiracy to rob, conspiracy to commit GBH.

He has been leading junior in large drugs cases and junior in several murders, as well as defending at court martials for desertion, fraud, indecent assault and driving offences.

He has recent experience advising and representing clients in major regulatory cases brought by Trading Standards, The Department of the Environment and local authorities.

Mark has over 50 appearances in the Court of Appeal (sentence, conviction and renewed applications for leave, and two AG references for unduly lenient sentences, which he successfully defended).

He was junior in the House of Lords, arguing the case on racial aggravation as sole advocate in the Court of Appeal (R v Rogers). He appeared in the leading sentencing authority of Bairstow on environmental offences. 

He successfully challenged the imposition of a sentence of Imprisonment for Public Protection  (R v  Dalton).

Regulatory and Local Government


Mark is a specialist at defending in cases where clients have been prosecuted by local authorities.

He has defended in cases that have involved Trading Standards and against prosecutions by the Environment Agency.

His affable nature and attention to detail have made him very popular with a number of clients.