Mark Robinson was called to the Bar in 2005 after completing the Bar Vocational Course at the University of Northumbria. Mark then worked as a self-employed advocate in courts around the North East dealing with a range of matters in the Civil Court. In 2011 Mark took an employed role in the legal services department at Scarborough Borough Council and in the same year also qualified as a solicitor. In 2014 Mark completed pupillage in Chambers under the supervision of Chris Smith, before returning to Scarborough Council, from where he had been released on secondment, to act as in-house Counsel for a period of three years. Mark became a tenant in Chambers in February 2018.
During pupillage Mark assisted his Pupil Master with a number of matters in the Crown Court, including the successful prosecution of a number of defendants involved in sham marriages and the successful prosecution of a multi-defendant banking fraud matter. The latter involved a hearing in the Court of Appeal arising out of a half-time decision, which was successfully overturned.
Mark currently prosecutes and defends in the Magistrates Court and the Youth Court on matters of violence, public order, regulatory matters and road traffic offences. During his time in employment at Scarborough Borough Council, Mark regularly appeared in prosecution proceedings arising out of all regulatory matters including health and safety, food hygiene, planning enforcement and licensing.
Whilst at Scarborough Borough Council Mark also represented several National Park clients on a number of Planning Enforcement matters including unlawful alterations to listed buildings, unlawful use of land and the unlawful development of unauthorised buildings. This is an area in which Mark holds a particular interest.
Mark regularly appears in the Civil Courts as a trial advocate on behalf of Claimants and Defendants in a range of matters including contractual disputes and road traffic matters. During his time in regulatory practice, Mark also appeared in the County Court on behalf of the Council in debt recovery and insolvency proceedings and for Registered Social Landlord Clients on a range of housing matters, including repossessions and disrepair claims.
Mark has also observed members of Chambers in the High Court dealing with significant, high value maritime related matters and high value contractual and commercial disputes.
As in-house Counsel at Scarborough Borough Council, Mark regularly acted as committee legal advisor to the Licensing Committee and sub-committees, Planning and Development Committee and HR committees. Mark also has extensive experience of dealing with Freedom of Information Act requests and local authority Standards Investigations.