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Mark Sutton QC

Silk: 2011 | Call: 1982

"Extremely knowledgeable and a delight to work with, he really has the ear of the Bench." "An erudite and clear advocate and a go-to counsel for complex appeals."

Chambers & Partners 2020

"An erudite and clear advocate, who is a go-to counsel for complex matters." "An extremely impressive advocate with a calm and measured style. Brings his knowledge of employment law to bear on professional disciplinary matters."

The Legal 500 2021

Overview

Mark Sutton QC’s practice spans employment disputes, professional regulatory cases and hearings before disciplinary panels. He appears as a leading silk in Chambers & Partners in both employment and professional discipline categories, where he is described as “one of the few excellent lawyers to have equal footing in employment law and regulatory law. He is profoundly knowledgeable and the sort of person who would inspire confidence in any judge.”

He is recommended as a leading silk by The Legal 500 directory who report that he is “the first choice for disciplinary cases involving doctors”. Mark was also nominated as Professional Discipline Silk of the Year in the 2015 Chambers & Partners Bar Awards.

A significant proportion of Mark’s recent cases are related to the healthcare sector. He routinely appears before civil courts, employment tribunals, professional disciplinary panels and internal hearings and inquiries. Mark has successfully represented doctors in a number of substantial fitness to practise hearings before the MPTS, as well as other regulatory bodies. He routinely undertakes judicial review applications, as well as appeals from regulatory tribunals.

Mark has acted as leading counsel in two successful Supreme Court appeals determining the scope of financial and pre-emptive remedies in connection with professional disciplinary proceedings, and has appeared in most of the recent cases before the High Court and appellate courts which have developed the law in this area.

Aside from his healthcare practice, Mark has extensive experience of all aspects of employment law. He advises clients, both corporate and individual, in all categories of dispute including healthcare, financial services, education, local authorities and the police. Mark has appeared before the higher appellate courts in several landmark employment cases. He is widely recognised for his skilled advocacy and pragmatic advice in high-profile and complex cases.

Appointments

  • Mark was Head of Chambers at Old Square Chambers between 2015 and 2019.
  • He sits as a part-time employment judge.
  • Mark is regularly appointed to chair disciplinary and grievance panels.
  • Mark has extensive experience of undertaking investigations on behalf of employment organisations, public bodies and professional institutions
  • He is an elected Bencher of the Middle Temple.

Professional Recommendations

 

“An erudite and clear advocate, who is a go-to counsel for complex matters.” “An extremely impressive advocate with a calm and measured style. Brings his knowledge of employment law to bear on professional disciplinary matters.”

The Legal 500 2021

“With a calm exterior he holds court and will sway the bench towards his submissions.” “A silk with a very clear and measured advocacy style.”

The Legal 500 2020

“Extremely knowledgeable and a delight to work with, he really has the ear of the Bench.” “An erudite and clear advocate and a go-to counsel for complex appeals.” “Hugely skilful when dealing with difficult and demanding clients. Hands-on, a team player and great to work with.” “The go-to silk on the medical discipline of doctors.” “Highly experienced and a real leader in NHS trust disciplinary work.”

Chambers & Partners 2020

“He has great gravitas and confidence and is very convincing… he is well respected by clients.” “He’s completely unflappable and really one of the top silks in this area.”

Chambers & Partners 2018

“He’s an exceptional cross-examiner, a fantastic barrister, and one of the best in the country in this field.” “He’s among the first-class advocates.”

Chambers & Partners 2017

“The most important barrister in the area of High Court medical actions.” “Very tenacious; in court, he just will not lie down and die.”

Chambers & Partners 2016

Expertise

Employment & Discrimination

Professional Regulatory & Discipline

Investigations & HR Support

Public Law/Judicial Review


Recent and current work

Key contacts

William Meade

Senior Clerk
William Meade 020 7269 0360 wmeade@oldsquare.co.uk

Olivia Moliterno

Team Leader & Assistant to Senior Clerk
Olivia Moliterno 020 7269 0477 moliterno@oldsquare.co.uk

Jenny O’Grady (currently on maternity leave)

Senior Clerking Assistant
Jenny O’Grady (currently on maternity leave) 020 7269 0304 ogrady@oldsquare.co.uk
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