Mark Foley


Mark Foley

0113 200 7407

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Location: Leeds City Centre


  • Criminal Law

Mark was one of the first Solicitors to be granted the same rights of advocacy in the Crown Court as Barristers.

Qualified: 1979

  • Senior Crown Court Advocate
  • Head of Crown Court Team

One of the first solicitors in the country to acquire rights of audience in the higher courts – awarded by The Law Society as “Best Advocate” upon the first ever training scheme, and the winner of the inaugural higher rights award, made by LCCSA and Kingsley Napley.

Mark practices exclusively in the Higher Courts – conducting trials in the Crown Court and appearing regularly in the Court of Appeal.

Mark has a background as a welfare rights and civil liberties lawyer, cutting his teeth and learning his trade as a criminal advocate representing Yorkshire Miners in the Miners Strike in the 1980’s.He has a wealth of experience representing animal rights and other protest groups, fearlessly defending their civil liberties and right to protest.

He has represented clients charged with the most serious crimes, including terrorism and murder.He has for some years been a part-time lecturer in criminal law at Leeds  Metropolitan University.

Recent Notable Cases

R-v-B – terrorism (conspiracy to make explosions) – Junior Counsel (led by Patrick O’Connor QC).

R-v-C – successfully defended client on charge of importation of heroin following his arrest at Leeds/Bradford Airport where he was found to be in possession of a suitcase containing a large quantity of heroin.

R-v-M – important case involving a successful referral to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission and further referral to the Supreme Court – important case relating to causation and police misconduct.

Hillsborough Inquest – Senior Solicitor in team led by Ruth Bundey, representing 3 of the families of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough Disaster.

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