Marcus Fletcher

Call: 1990
0207 936 1500

Marcus has many years experience in family, criminal and road traffic cases. He has appeared in the Magistrates Court, Crown Court, Court of Appeal, Court Martial and Family Courts.

He is known for his sensitivity and determination and has excellent cross-examination skills (commended in court).

Marcus accepts public access work

Family Law
Marcus has a particular interest in public law – care work – and has appeared in complex and lengthy child protection hearings. He recently appeared for the respondent mother in a 33 day fact-finding / final hearing, which included expert evidence from numerous witnesses.
Private law – Child Arrangements Orders (formerly contact, residence, specific issues, prohibited steps and parental responsibility). He has experience in relocation and transfer of residence / intractable contact cases.
In R. v. M [2008] EWCA Crim 313, he represented the client in child abduction proceedings both at first instance and in the Court of appeal. His experience in criminal advocacy gives him an edge in fact finding hearings.
More recently: B (Children) [2014] EWCA Civ 1623 – Appeal by father against findings of fact potentially relevant in proceedings concerning two children and arising from applications for shared residence, contact and a prohibited steps order not to move the children from the local area.

Criminal Law
Marcus has represented clients charged with the most serious matters including rape, murder, drugs and proceeds of crime hearings. He is considered an effective advocate who has good skills with witnesses.
He has prosecuted high value drug importation cases and associated Proceeds of Crime Act applications. He has been instructed in cases including murder and large scale public disorder cases. For example, R v Grealish and others [2006] EWCA Crim 1095 (large scale football violence).
His cross examination skills have been commended in the Crown Court; and he was called upon to cross examine the appellant in the Court of Appeal authority R v O’Hare [2006] EWCA Crim 471.
At Court Martial he has dealt with all manner of cases including AWOL, assaults and the negligent discharge of a firearm.

Road Traffic Law
At the other end of the scale, he has successfully dealt with drink driving and speeding cases.

Marcus has also appeared overseas in Germany and Cyprus.
His Appeal Court cases include:

R v Grealish and others [2006] EWCA Crim 1095 – large scale football violence,
R v O’Hare [2006] EWCA Crim 471. – Court rules for non-attending defendants
R. v Harris [2007] EWCA Crim 2455 – grievous bodily harm / wounding
R. v. M [2008] EWCA Crim 313 – child abduction,
B (Children) [2014] EWCA Civ 1623 – fact finding – prohibited steps & removal.

 

Appointments & Memberships:
 Former CPS grade 3 panel advocate and rape trial specialist
 Elected Junior of the Sussex Bar Mess in 2007 – 2012
 Lincoln’s Inn advocacy trainer
 Former Member of the Lincoln’s Inn Disciplinary Committee
 Member of the Family Law Bar Association
 Member of the Criminal Bar Association
 Member of the Association of Military Court Advocates
 Member of the South Eastern Circuit
 Appointed Pupil Supervisor 1997
 Appointed to the Attorney General’s Unified List 2002
 Appointed internal examiner for the then City of London Polytechnic
 Marshalled with Mr Justice Wright and Blofeld J (former presiding Judges for SE Circuit)
Education:
 City Polytechnic BA (Hons) Law