Mark Milliken-Smith QC is recognised by Chambers UK and The Legal 500 as a ‘leading silk’ in Crime, Financial Crime, Business and Regulatory Crime (including Global Investigations), Professional Discipline and Sport.
A trial lawyer with extensive experience as advisor and advocate across a wide range of criminal, commercial and regulatory matters. Mark regularly advises corporate and individual clients nationally and internationally pre and post charge, in criminal as well as quasi-criminal matters, including bribery, corruption, money laundering, restraint, market abuse, insider dealing, match fixing and murder & manslaughter.
He has a significant and high profile sports law practice in cases before the disciplinary arms of sport governing bodies, and is a member of the England and Wales Cricket Board Cricket Discipline Commission. He acts for national governing bodies, touring international teams, and individual athletes. Mark’s practice also benefits from a substantial regulatory and disciplinary practice before, inter alia, financial services and healthcare regulators.
Mark frequently represents well known individuals including politicians, City professionals, and sports and media personalities. He has extensive experience in the field of reputation management, greatly advantaged by his specialist expertise in the sports, financial regulatory and general crime arenas. His strategic know-how and method regularly enables a speedy, unobtrusive and effective resolution.
Mark Milliken-Smith QC is qualified to accept instructions direct from clients under the Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme. This means that members of the public who seek specialist advice can come direct to him.
In addition, he welcomes instructions from solicitors, in-house law departments, qualified foreign lawyers, and clients licensed by the Bar Council to give instructions direct to barristers under the Bar Council’s Licensed Access Scheme.
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Re X (2021)
Advising Crown as regards potential prosecutions arising out of fresh investigations into high profile historical murder.
HSE v NM (2020-21)
Defence of healthcare worker in corporate manslaughter and related HSWA breaches.
R v TC (2020)
Successfully responding to “autrefois acquit” appeal after which TC subsequently convicted of murder.
R v EM (2020)
Defence of series of murderous gang attacks.
R v AS (2019-20)
Defence of high profile cut-throat “cuckooing murder”.
R v E (2019)
Defence of secondary school Headmaster in respect of multiple allegations of sexual abuse on Reception age children.
R v O (2019)
Defence in very significant UK cocaine importation and distribution ring.
R v G & M (2018)
Prosecution in complex unlawful act manslaughter.
R v KT (2016)
Prosecuted historical baby shaking manslaughter.
R v CD (2016)
Defended in contract shooting.
R v MC (2016)
Prosecuted 1970s music mogul in respect of historic sexual abuse.
R v NC (2015)
Defended in honey trap murder of professional West End gambler.
R v AS (2015)
Defended in largest international brothel and money laundering operation in UK.
R v SZ (2014)
Represented contract killer of leader of rival Turkish drugs gang in longstanding turf war.
R v DM (2013)
Represented former MP in Parliamentary expenses fraud.
R v BW (2013)
Defended in case of serial “acquaintance” rapes over 17 years.
R v BK (2013)
Represented ringleader in Oxford child sex abuse ring.
R v AM (2012)
Represented gang leader in attempted execution resulting in accidental shooting of five year old girl.
R v X (2020-21)
Advising multinational company in respect of corruption allegation across the Middle and Far East.
R v L & E
Acting for company directors charged with corruption arising out Grenfell Tower disaster.
R v K (2015-2018)
Advising trader at investigatory stage of DoJ/SFO/FCA enquiry into the alleged manipulation of LIBOR – ultimately the subject of a negotiated NPA in the USA.
R v X Ltd (2017)
Advising directors of company after SFO raid in respect of a potential “dividend arbitrage” fraud, arising out of the double-tax treaties in place between Denmark, the US and Malaysia.
R v B (2014-2017)
HMRC prosecution of marketed tax avoidance scheme which exploited the tax relief available in respect of losses incurred on investments in the development and pre-production of British qualifying films – fraud in excess of £100 million.
Re X (2013-2015): Advising Middle Eastern Government in respect of corruption allegations pertaining to major state owned company.
Re X (2013-2015): Advising trader in DoJ/SFO/FCA enquiry re. alleged manipulation of LIBOR.
R v KS (2014)
Defending in private prosecution arising from financial misconduct in East Africa resulting in losses of £23 million.
SFO v PJ (2013-2014)
Represented CEO of major PLC in corruption case involving bribery of company employees in Indonesia and Iraq.
SIPT v X (2013-2014)
Advising major political figure in Turks & Caicos government corruption enquiry.
R v MG (2012)
Operation Vex: MTIC case involving European, Middle East and Asian network who defrauded HMRC on “…a gigantic scale”.
Re C (2012)
Advising pre-charge re substantial excise duty and VAT fraud) – successful Div Ct challenge to validity of search warrants.
R v JM (2012)
Defended in complex “boiler room fraud”.
R v HR (2009-2012)
Operation Inertia – alleged £160m VAT fraud (Carousel/MTIC) which HMRC described as “biggest ever case of its kind”.
Re X & Y (2018-20)
Advising both corporates and banks regarding alleged breaches of FCA Principles of Business.
GMC v X (2015-2016)
Advising General Practitioner re. alleged financial impropriety regarding management of practice.
FCA v X (2015-2016)
Advising trader formerly of major international bank re. alleged dishonest manipulation of the Euribor rate.
GOC v RA (2013)
Represented optometrist charged with serious malpractice.
ICAEW v X (2012)
Represented chartered accountant charged with dishonest activities relating to the FSA.
GSCC v X (2010)
Advised General Social Care Council in respect of the disciplinary proceedings against social workers arising from the tragic death of “Baby Peter”.
ICC v AG (2021)
Pro bono representation of international cricketer and national coach before International Cricket Council. Acquitted.
Re an International Cricket Board (2020-ongoing)
Advising regarding potential corruption allegations, reputation management and rollout of training for squad players.
Advising international sportsman regarding misuse of social media.
Standing Counsel to international rugby team on tour to UK.
World Rugby v Joe Marler (2016)
Representing both the RFU and Joe Marler in disciplinary proceedings in respect of racist insults made to Welsh opponent.
ICC v X (2015-2016)
Advising international cricketers in respect of ongoing corruption allegations.
RBS 6 Nations v Pascal Pape (2015)
Representing French captain at appeal arising out of Foul Play citing complaint.
RFU v Nathan Hughes (2015)
Representing RFU in appeal by Player for striking another with his knee.
EPCR v Delon Armitage (2015)
Defending in allegation of foul and abusive” language in European Champions Cup match.
FA v X (2013-2014)
Advised professional footballers following their arrest following an investigation into spot-fixing in football by the National Crime Agency.
FA v AN (2012-2013)
Represented agent charged with tapping up involving Championship and Premier League clubs.
British Horseracing Authority v MC (2013)
Advised professional footballer re. serious breaches of the anti-corruption rules.
National Cricket Board v X (2013)
Advised international cricketers in respect of high profile allegations of breaches of their touring Team Rules.
ECB v MW (2012)
Represented Essex cricketer in disciplinary proceedings arising out of spot fixing scandal.
RFU v DA (2011)
Represented England and London Irish rugby player regarding charges arising from post-match incident with Doping Control Officer.