Mark practices in both the English and Northern Irish jurisdiction mainly in criminal, human rights and appellant law. He was a founder member of Chambers and is a member of the Bar Library, Belfast. He is recognised as one of the leading junior counsel in complex historic allegations of sexual abuse, together with extensive experience of miscarriage cases in both England and Northern Ireland. He has been involved in a number of landmark decisions in the Court of Appeal involving historic care home appeals, most notably R v Joynson  EWCA Crim 3049; R v Sheikh  EWCA Crim 2625; R v Robson  EWCA Crim 2754; R v Brizzalari  EWCA Crim 310 and R v Basil Rigby Williams  EWCA Crim 693. These cases concentrated upon the difficult area of whether a fair trial can be achieved given extensive delay in the criminal proceedings and the safeguarding of the rights of an accused.
Mark's experience in this area of law is demonstrated by his role as a legal advisor to the campaign group Falsely Accused Carers and Teachers (FACT), and his organisation of the first national conference on The Challenges of Historic Allegations of Past Sexual Abuse held in Manchester in 2009. Mark was also a speaker at the 7th INUK Annual Conference for Innocence Projects (November 2012) on investigating historical abuse and sexual offences.
Mark also appears on historic domestic sexual abuse cases and has successfully overturned a number of criminal convictions in both jurisdictions. R v DPMA  NICA 22 (appeal involving doli incapax, young memories and inadequate directions); R v AG  NICA 20 (inadequate legal directions); R v W  EWCA Crim 29.1.10 (inadequate summing up in a delay case); R v H  EWCA Crim 29.1.10 (Doli incapax and historic allegations); R v Paul Hughes  NICA 17 (inadequate directions); R v K [A]  EWCA Crim 1492 (childhood amnesia); R v KF  EWCA Crim (CCRC referral historic allegations based on fresh evidence).
He has an extensive criminal appeals case load dealing with other serious criminal matters. R v Roger Fergerson  NICA 9 (Murder conviction); R v R v Lawless  EWCA Crim (CCRC referral on murder conviction); R v Thomas Graham  NICA (Murder conviction).
Mark works in both England and Northern Ireland as a leading junior counsel in both the Crown and Appellant Courts. He regularly undertakes complex and serious criminal work involving historic sexual allegations, 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.
As Generic Counsel of the Historic Abuse Appeal Panel (HAAP) he undertakes reviews of convictions for historic offences in order to determine whether an appeal can be made on behalf of individuals who maintain their innocence. He also considers other miscarriages cases in both the English and Northern Ireland jurisdiction.
Mark has a particular interest in the issues surrounding the reliability of adult memories for childhood events which raises the question of childhood amnesia and the reliability of that evidence.
He has a unique experience and understanding of military law, having been a senior Investigating Officer in the Army before he was called the Bar. He has considerable experience of appearing at Courts Martial and Courts Martial Appeal Court.
Challenging Convictions for Historical Sexual Offences
(INQUIRY The Quarterley Newsletter of Innocence Network UK - Issue 7, Spring 2013)
Saville, Bryn Estyn and the danger of modern witch-hunts (the Justice Gap)
- joint article with Mark Newby (Quality Solicitors Jordans)
Memory on Trial (BBC Radio 4, File on 4)
- historic abuse cases, the issues concerning evidence consisting of long-held memories and whether this is leading to miscarriages of justice.
Mark Barlow acknowledged in Rook and 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
of the same name on 16/2/09, and subsequently quoted in Rook and Ward on Sexual Offences (4th ed.) 2010.
September 2008 -
Historic allegations and the right to fair trial
Mark has lectured and tutored in criminal law and provides training on historic allegations of sexual abuse cases.
He is an active member of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association and spoke at the Regional Conference held in Nigeria in 2010 on the "Art of Advocacy". He is currently leading a project on the provision of legal training on Human Rights Law in Africa.
Commonwealth Lawyers Association
Falsely Accused Carers and Teachers (FACT)
Historic Abuse Appeal Panel (HAAP)
Law Society / LAPG / LAG Legal Aid Still Available Leaflet
CCMS Resources page
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25/1/16 SSHD failure to apply own policy to Victim of Trafficking
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28/9/15 Immigration FTT recognizes appellant as Victim of Trafficking (VOT)
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