5 Essex Court

Mark Thomas

Call 2006

Public / Administrative

Mark was appointed to the Welsh Government’s ‘A’ Panel of Counsel in 2017 and is instructed to provide advice and representation in public law, employment and personal injury cases.

Mark has a busy practice acting for police forces and other public bodies in administrative law proceedings.

Recent and ongoing cases include:

R (on the application of E) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2018] EWHC 2729 (Admin) – Defending a claim challenging disclosures in an Enhanced Criminal Record Certificate

R (on the application of Holman Fenwick Willan) v Commissioner of City of London Police and Police Service of Scotland – Acting for the City of London Police in judicial review and related Part 7 proceedings in a claim for trespass following the execution of a warrant in London by Police Scotland

London Borough of Southwark v Persons Unknown  –  instructed on behalf of the London Borough of Southwark Borough in various applications for possession orders.

R (on the application of Scardfield) v Police Medical Appeals Board & Hampshire Police Authority [2013] EWHC 3822 (Admin) – Successfully defended the Chief Constable in Judicial Review proceedings relating to correct definition of disabled under Police Pension Regulations.

He is regularly instructed by local authorities for both court work and to advise in-house, Mark has a thorough understanding of education law and the law relating to adult social care. He has acted for Local Authorities and Academies in SENDIST claims, particularly relating to exclusion appeals and reasonable adjustment claims. He has also clerked admissions appeals on behalf of Local Authorities. Mark has also defended a number of employment claims on behalf of schools and has provided schools with advice and representation in breach of contract claims against suppliers.