Mark Ford KC

Call To The Bar: 1991

“Mark is a first-rate advocate, incredibly rigorous when it comes to preparation in paper-heavy cases, and a team player. He is excellent with clients, especially with vulnerable and young clients charged with serious and grave offences.” – Crime (General and Fraud) – Legal 500, 2024

“Mark is one of a kind – his attention to detail is second to none and he can be relied upon to find out the material within a case which will challenge the prosecution case. He is very thorough in his case preparation and will leave no stone unturned in trying to find any areas of weakness for the Crown. He is a pleasure to work with, considerate and always open to discussions and welcoming the instructing solicitor’s opinion on matters, never making decisions without asking for input first.” – Legal 500, 2023

“A brilliant silk.”- Chambers & Partners, 2022

Absolutely top-drawer silk for serious criminal cases.” – The Legal 500, 2022

“An outstanding advocate, with technical ability to match. His proactive approach makes him a pleasure to work with.” “He is careful in his preparation, thoughtful in his advocacy and very effective in front of a jury.” “Very astute and bright.” – Chambers & Partners, 2021

One of the few advocates who can literally turn a hopeless case into a winner purely by court room performance.” – The Legal 500, 2021

“A very determined barrister.”– The Legal 500, 2018

Mark has for many years Mark undertaken criminal work at the highest level. Many of the cases in which Mark has appeared for both the prosecution and the defence have been of national significance. Two have been made into documentaries shown on national television.

He has extensive experience in successfully representing clients charged with the most serious offences, including murder and manslaughter (including gang-related homicide, corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter), conspiracy to commit armed robbery, high level drug importation and distribution, serious sexual offences, multi-million pound frauds, money laundering, political corruption and regulatory offences (health & safety, trade descriptions & environmental).

Mark has a strong privately funded practice, representing clients facing a variety of criminal offences, and has an exceptional acquittal rate. A client Mark successfully defended recently told the BBC “This man can do no wrong”.

Mark has been ranked by legal directories as a Leading Silk and a tier 1 Silk.

Mark sits as a Recorder of the Crown Court and is authorised to try serious sexual offences.