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Pro Bono KC of the Year - Mark Harries KC

(Posted on 09/11/22)

Pro Bono KC of the Year - Mark Harries KC

We are happy to share the exciting news that Mark Harries KC, a member of the Inside Justice Advisory Panel, has won Pro Bono KC of the Year at the 2022 Bar Pro Bono Awards. 

‘Mark’s enthusiasm in even the most challenging situation is inspiring for both us at Advocate and for our applicant to provide a glimpse of hope. Mark is an invaluable member of our volunteer panel.’

Mark’s practice stands out for the importance, impact and range of pro bono cases he undertakes. In the last 12 months alone, he has promoted access to justice by representing:
  • a nurse with mental health fragility in disciplinary proceedings;
  • solicitor Claire Mathews in a case ‘which put the spotlight on mental health in the UK [legal] profession’;
  • a party in disciplinary proceedings involving a high-profile senior soldier in the British Army.

The impact for his clients is clear. Mark’s reassurance and guidance, as well as his legal expertise, is key. As an advisory panel member of the charity Inside Justice, Mark has provided pro bono legal advice to prisoners in joint enterprise cases and in two murder cases.?

He also secured Leave to Appeal in a multi-hander drug case in which a prisoner is serving a minimum of 19 years. Mark led a pro bono?review of this case which covered neurodiversity, challenging trial representation, securing new evidence connected to a related conviction from a different jurisdiction and the admission of bad character evidence.

 You can read the full list of the winners on Advocate's website 2022 Bar Pro Bono Award Winners | COUNSEL | The Magazine of the Bar of England and Wales (

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