Alison Marks

Alison Marks

Alison is the Head of ITN’s City of London Crime Department. She is a Solicitor Advocate, and appears regularly at both Magistrates’ and Crown Courts.

Alison specialises in representing clients accused of involvement in serious and organised crime. She has a wealth of experience in the preparation of complex defence cases including large scale fraud, drugs trafficking, confiscation, homicide, serious sexual offences, kidnap and robbery.

She has particular expertise in defending clients accused of causing non-accidental injury to babies  (including baby shaking cases) and in representing clients with mental health issues. Alison’s experience in these highly specialised areas of criminal law has enabled her to secure excellent outcomes for clients in a succession of high profile cases.

Alison is a member, and senior member of the Legal Services Commission Peer Review Panel in the category of crime.

Prominent Cases

  • R v RN: Defended the main defendant in Operation Spenser, a multi-agency prosecution of an extremely complex commercial-scale identity fraud spanning 20 years.
  • R v SE: Prosecuted by BIS for failure to notify as a bankrupt the sum in excess of £1 million, following on  from a fine imposed by FSA for an allegation of insider share dealing. Complex issues in the case involved the use off shore family trusts. Acquitted main charges.
  • R v NS: A  high profile homicide involving  beheading. Client found not guilty by reason  of insanity .
  • R v GL: Charges of double attempted murder, plea bargained to malicious wounding without intent on representations and service of psychiatric reports.
  • R v NW: “Baby shaking” prosecution  succeeded in an abuse of process argument due to the Crown Prosecution Service failing to follow court directions client acquitted.
  • R v R TM:  filicide, non accidental injury” baby shaking” .  Legal aid was transferred shortly before trial, this required two fee earners to work intensively to complete trial preparation. Worked with Simon Natas partner. Acquittal of the main charge.