5 Essex Court

Mark Thomas

Call 2006

Public / Administrative

Mark served on the Welsh Government panel of counsel from 2017-2021 and was instructed to provide ministers with advice and representation in the fields of public law, employment and personal injury.

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.