Mark Ainsworth

Call 1992

"His knowledge of the intricacies of legal issues is second to none."

Chambers and Partners 2019
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Since being called to the Bar in 1992, Mark has developed an extensive criminal practice involving both prosecution and defence work. He is regularly instructed in large and complex cases (alone or as leading or led junior) in areas such as homicide, drugs, firearms, sexual offences, fraud, and health and safety.

Mark is a Category 4 Prosecutor and is on the Attorney General’s list for the Northern Circuit. He is also authorised to prosecute rape and other sexual offences. He has been recognised and recommended in crime by the Legal 500 from 2006 to 2017 and is described as being “highly rated” and “rated for crime and fraud”. In the 2017 edition he is described as “an extremely experienced, intelligent, organised individual who is authoritative in court.”

Criminal Cases

R v V & L – alleged gross negligent manslaughter of a patient against a dentist
and anaesthetist following death of patient undergoing dental procedure.

R v R – alleged gross negligent manslaughter by fork lift truck driver following accident
in warehouse.

R v G & others – alleged gross negligent manslaughter by baggage handlers following accident involving baggage truck at airport.

R v S – alleged gross negligent manslaughter of elderly person due to neglect
in provision of care.