Mark Abbott

Areas of law:

Appeal Against Sentence, Appeals Against Conviction, Crown Court, Fraud, Magistrates’ Court, Police Station, Youth Court, Crime and Investigation, Corporate Crime

Mark is a solicitor and Crown Court litigator at Reeds. He is also an accredited and experienced Court and Police Station duty solicitor, and joined the firm in 2016 from Blaser Mills LLP where he was a Partner and Head of the Crime Department.

In recent years, Mark has been instructed by both professional and lay-clients in London and across the country as a result of his substantial expertise and reputation for representing those charged with some of the most serious, high profile and complex cases.  Mark was individually selected to represent a number of those arrested under Operation Elveden and Operation Weeting, including a News International Editor charged in connection with Operation Elveden. He represented the Defendant in the country’s first double-jeopardy re-trial for murder, and has also represented suspects accused of terrorism offences.

He is frequently sought out to advise individuals seeking to appeal convictions arising from cases in the Crown Court, predominantly for murder, and his current cases in that regard include those convicted of some of the most notorious murder cases in the country.

Mark has extensive experience and notable success in representing clients accused of serious offences such as murder, firearms, drugs and money laundering offences; and has built up an enviable reputation in defending those involved in gang related crimes, with great success.  Despite the severity and complexity of the cases Mark deals with, he is always approachable and always makes himself available. Such is his nature that he is equally at ease representing clients in cases of a sensitive nature, including historical sexual allegations against senior school staff and members of the public. Mark takes pride in providing a “platinum service” to his clients, and consistently delivers advice to them in a clear and concise manner.


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Notable Cases

R v A & others (Operation Aqua) – Exeter CC
A was 1 of 8 charged with conspiracy to cause explosions, armed robbery & conspiracy to commit burgle. A was part of an Organised Crime Group from Liverpool who targeted ATMs and cash in transit deliveries.

R v O & 0thers (Operation Ledger) – Maidstone CC –
O was 1 of 18 charged with conspiracy to import and supply class A controlled drugs. The investigation concentrated on North Kent Gangs & the ‘scouse network’ in Kent and beyond. In excess of 170,000 of material was eventually served by the Crown.

R v D and others (Operation San Diego) – Teesside CC
D was 1 of 10 charged with conspiracy to defraud. D was a principal defendant in stolen cheques being laundered through various bank accounts.

R v D & others (Operation Elveden) – Kingston Crown Court.
D was the former Managing Editor of the Sun Newspaper responsible for the paper’s £63M budget. He was accused of knowingly authorising payments to public officials. Acquitted.

R v M & another (Operation Elveden) – Central Criminal Court
M was a leading journalist employed by the Daily Mirror, The News of the World & then the Sun. He was accused of knowingly making payments to a prison officer at HMP Belmarsh. The CPS eventually offered no evidence.

R v W (the country’s first double jeopardy re-trial for murder) – Reading Crown Court
M was acquitted of murder in 1995 but his acquittal was quashed by the Court of Appeal in 2009 following the change in the law relating to double jeopardy after the discovery of “new and compelling” evidence. M was the first person in the UK to be re-tried under the new double jeopardy provisions.

R v M & others (Operation Debelattio) – Central Criminal Court
M was 1 of 16 defendants charged with conspiracy to import and supply class A controlled drugs on an industrial scale. M was arrested in Holland on a European arrest warrant after appearing on Crimewatch and the UK’s Top 10 Most Wanted list. M was acquitted of conspiracy to import class A drugs and 1 count of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

R v Y & others (Operation Sabaton) – Oxford Crown Court
Y was 1 of 7 defendants accused of historical sexual offences against a child. The case was linked to Operation Bullfinch. Despite being named and positively identified by the complainant, Y was 1 of 2 defendants acquitted of all charges.