Barrister Profile


Year of Call: 1992

Main Areas of Practice

Criminal Law
Human Rights


Mark practises in both the English and Northern Irish jurisdiction mainly in criminal, human rights and appellant law. He was a founder member of Chambers, Garden Court North and is a member of the Bar Library, Belfast. He has acted as junior counsel in complex historic allegations of sexual abuse, and has extensive experience of miscarriage cases in both England and Northern Ireland. He regularly undertakes complex and serious criminal work involving historic sexual allegations, sexual offences, paramilitary, drug importation, money laundering offences, offences involving young complainants and serious crime. He also has considerable experience in all criminal matters that come before the Courts. He has considerable experience of criminal appeals and has undertaken a number of Criminal Cases Review Commissions referrals and specialises in all types of miscarriage of justice cases. Full profile can be found at


Qualifications: LLB (Hons), Benefactors Scholar, Middle Temple

1992; Called to the Bar of England and Wales

2006; Called to the Bar of Northern ireland


Historic care home appeals, most notably:

R v Joynson, Frank [2008] EWCA Crim 3049

R v Sheikh, Anver Daud [2006] EWCA Crim 2625

R v Robson, Thomas Anthony & ors [2006] EWCA Crim 2754

R v Brizzalari, Michael [2004] EWCA Crim 310

R v Williams-Rigby, Basil Anthony & another [2003] EWCA Crim 693

He also appears on historic domestic sexual abuse cases and has successfully overturned a number of criminal convictions in both jurisdictions:

R v Chakwana [2013] NICA

R v ML [2013] NICA 23

R v S & others [2012] EWCA Crim 1433

R v DPMC & another [2010] NICA 22

R v AG [2010] NICA 20

R v Hughes, Paul [2008] NICA 17

R v K [A] [2007] EWCA Crim 1492

Murder appeals:

R v Leslie, Ryan [2012] NICA 25

R v Ferguson, Roger & another [2010] NICA 9

R v R v Lawless [2009] EWCA Crim

R v Graham [2010] NICA

Full profile can be found at


21/5/13; Sex offences, moral panic and the right to a fair trial (The Justice Gap)

04/2/13; Challenging Convictions for Historical Sexual Offences (INQUIRY The Quarterley Newsletter of Innocence Network UK - Issue 7, Spring 2013)

8/11/12; Saville, Bryn Estyn and the danger of modern witch-hunts (the Justice Gap)

29/3/11; Memory on Trial (BBC Radio 4, File on 4)

07/1/11; Mark Barlow acknowledged in Rook & Ward on Sexual Offences (4th ed.) - in the latest edition (published 15th December 2010),

Mark Barlow has been acknowledged in the Preface for his contribution to a new specialist chapter on Historic Cases

16/2/09; Historic Allegations of Past Sexual Abuse - joint article with Mark Newby (Jordans Solicitors) - first presented at conference of the same name on 16/2/09 and subsequently quoted in Rook & Ward on Sexual Offences (4th ed.) 2010

Links can be found at