Mark Heywood QC has been ranked as a 'Star Individual' in the Chambers UK Guide to the Bar since 2013 and is a recognised leader at the Bar. He was awarded the Chambers UK Bar Crime Silk of the Year award 2018.
Mark Heywood QC is a former First Senior Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court having held that post between 2015 & 2018. His practice is concentrated upon the most serious of criminal work that comes before our Courts, at the Central Criminal Court, Administrative Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
Mr Heywood has considerable experience in cases of terrorism, large scale corruption, serious & organised crime and offences of homicide. He regularly provides advice to the Attorney General and Director of Public Prosecutions on a range of matters, particularly those being considered by the appellate courts as well as other governmental departments. Other work includes advising upon matters concerning gross negligence manslaughter involving the medical profession and litigation involving the SFO and FSA. He also advises in matters where a private prosecution is sought.
Cases have included the serial killer Levi Bellfield, Operation Crevice the longest running Old Bailey trial better known as the Fertiliser Bomb plot, Nicola Edginton the mental health patient convicted for the killing of an innocent bystander and the attempted murder of two others in Bexleyheath after a cry for help, the Supreme Court hearing of Gnango [2011 UKSC 59] on transferred malice/joint enterprise, and more recently Arthur Simpson-Kent who was sentenced to life for the muder of Eastenders actress Sian Blake and their two children. Recent defence work has included a murder trial in the Cayman Islands (R v.Sanchez).
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“A truly class act and one of the very best at the Criminal Bar.” Chambers UK 2020
“He just has a way of reducing what are extremely complicated submissions into a really easy, digestible and understandable form. He is first-rate.” Chambers UK 2020
"The consummate silk." Chambers UK 2019
"You can't get better than Mark Heywood. He's a beautiful advocate with great strategic awareness, who is lovely to work with and a very charming man." Chambers UK 2018
Mark Heywood QC "...who is known for the strength of his intellect." Chambers UK 2016
"One of the best lawyers, if not the best lawyer in the country." Chambers UK 2017
"Breathtakingly intelligent and beautifully eloquent." Legal 500 2016