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Mark Sookram

Year of Call: 2012 (The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn)

Education:

LLb (Hons) Law - University of East London
LPC - College of Law (Guildford)
CLAS – Qualified Duty Solicitor Status

Areas of Work

Mark has a wealth of experience defending criminal matters stemming back to his admission to the Roll of solicitors in 2005.  Having gained extensive exposure and valuable experience in the lower Courts, he extended his practice in 2012 by joining the independent Bar.  Mark now has a mixed practice of prosecution and defence work where he continues to build on foundations of belief, integrity and the rule of law.

Mark’s practise in general crime, built up over several years has allowed him to develop a niche in particular areas of crime, such as drug offences, offences involving varying degrees of violence, thefts, burglary, robbery and sexual offences.  His advocacy techniques and approach to cross examination can be aptly described as stealth like with maximum impact.  His passion for excellence, meticulous and methodical approach in the preparation of his cases coupled with his comprehensive legal knowledge is reflected in his Court successes.  

 

Recent Instructions

R v O et al [2017] – Snaresbrook Crown Court - ABH and Criminal Damage – The Defendant was estranged from his baby daughter.  In the knowledge that his daughter was at a local swimming pool with her mother and other family members, the Defendant and his brother went to see the child.  A fight broke out with a male family member, which was witnessed by several people using the public baths.  Following a 3 day trial the Defendant was acquitted of both counts.

R v W [2017] – Amersham Crown Court - Attempted (knife point) Robbery – The Defendant attended a boutique style high street shop that he had previously scoped out and attempted to rob the female owner of cash.  In interview, the Defendant admitting saying the words, “i’m here to rob you”.  The Defendant was unanimously acquitted after trial.

R v D [2016] - Amersham Crown Court – Rape and Sexual Assault (x6) – The Defendant was charged with historic, familial rape of his sister over a 5 year period when they were under 16.  Following a 5 days trial the Defendant was acquitted of all 6 counts.

R v W [2016] – Salisbury Crown Court – Armed Bank Robbery (x2) – 2 males walked into a Bank, one produced a screwdriver and both males demanded cash from the staff.  The offence was captured on CCTV and the Defendant was positively identified from an ID parade.  The Co-Defendant pleaded previously and was awaiting sentence.  Following protracted representations on the day of trial, the Crown accepted a plea to a theft while preserving maximum credit for the Defendant.

R v K et al [2015] – St. Albans Crown Court – Theft (x2) – The Defendant was charged with stealing monies from an ATM.  This group enterprise was professionally planned, sophisticated and organised whereby counterfeit ATM fascias were placed over the original machine fitted with recording equipment to steal customer card details for later cloning.  Following a 3 day trial the Defendant was acquitted of both counts.

R v G et al [2013] - Amersham Crown Court – Robbery – A series of knife point robberies had taken place in Milton Keynes where the offenders would demand monies from the till operator.  The Co-Defendant awaited sentence following his guilty pleas to all counts on the 16 count indictment.  The Defendant was accused of robbing a supermarket tobacconist.  Expert evidence in the form of facial mapping featured as an integral part of the evidence for the defence.  A unanimous verdict was returned acquitting the Defendant.

 

Mark has over a decade of experience as an accredited Police Station representative having advised on a full spectrum of offences, including Murder, Rape, white collar Fraud, drug supply and offences involving serious violence. He feels that it is vital to provide the correct advice at this early stage of a case as this advice will provide the foundation to a strong defence.  Mark’s down to earth approach with clients is well renowned and reflected in the rapport and trust that he establishes with each client.

Mark also has experience of working in International law having worked for a private firm of Defence Attorneys in central Florida.  His role was to support the lead Attorney and to attend hearings at the District Court of Appeal, County and Circuit Courts.  His ability to apply his legal mind to Floridian legal issues promoted him to draft complex legal Motions for some of the firm’s most prominent, high profile cases.

In his spare time, Mark enjoys a variety of hobbies and interests both stimulating and relaxing, including relaxing with a good book, travelling and meeting new people.

 

 

Published News Articles

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/tragic-reason-addict-went-two-569111

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/man-caught-carrying-knife-forgot-566189

Professional Memberships

Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

Criminal Bar Association

Mr Mark Sookram is regulated by the Bar Standards Board, holds a current practising certificate and his details can be found on the BSB’s Barrister Register https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/regulatory-requirements/the-barristers'-register/

Mr Mark Sookram holds insurance cover for all legal services supplied through professional indemnity insurance with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF) The coverage is worldwide subject to their terms which are available on their website https://www.barmutual.co.uk/

Mr Mark Sookram is registered with the Information Commissioners office under the Data Protection Act https://ico.org.uk/

If you are not satisfied with the service that Mr Mark Sookram provides you can make a complaint to Chambers. Information on Chambers Complaints Procedure is available on Chambers website www.9kbw.com/about-us/complaints-procedure

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from Chambers you may complain to the Legal Ombudsman (This must be done within the time limits set out) The contact details can be found on the Legal Ombudsman’s website  http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/    

News

Charles Drinnan succeeds for the Isle of Wight Council, the Respondent in an Appeal against an enforcement notice under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
The Appellant appealed against an enforcement notice served by the Council over numerous dangerous fire safety issues in four properties on the Island – an important issue in the aftermath of the Grenfell fire

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Laura Paisley joins 9KBW
9 KBW is delighted to welcome Laura Paisley as our latest tenant, following the successful completion of her pupillage. Laura specialises in criminal and regulatory law and her full profile will be uploaded shortly.

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R –v- Fritz Brown – Kingston Crown Court – August 2018
John Clifford secures conviction after trial in Operation Trident investigation into importation of firearms from Slovenia. Package intercepted containing a number of pistols and fully automatic machine gun at courier depot

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R –v- Marcus Walters – Kingston Crown Court – August 2018
John Clifford secures conviction after trial in Rape and ABH case where victim met Defendant through mutual friend on evening in question at her address. All three were drinking before Defendant followed victim upstairs and made unwanted

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R –v- Sher-Afgan Khattak – Kingston Crown Court [Operation Meaning]
John Clifford secures conviction in Organised Crime Division case on prohibited firearm, ammunition and possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

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