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Mark Mullins is a public law barrister with particular interests and experience in judicial review, mental health and mental incapacity, healthcare and medical treatment, social care and social services law. He also practices in employment and discrimination law.
Mark regularly appears in the Court of Protection in a range of cases involving young people with mental disability, persons with acquired brain injury, people with dementia and others. He is instructed by the Official Solicitor, RPRs, local authorities and health bodies.
Recent Court of Protection and healthcare cases have included; Re E on the capacity of woman with anorexia to refuse food and treatment and Re XB and on the validity of an advance directive about life sustaining treatment made by man with motor neurone disease towards the end of his life. He brings to his Court of Protection work a problem solving and practical approach and a depth of knowledge and experience gained through advising and representing both social services authorities and health bodies and those challenging their decisions. He has particular interests in the funding of care and support.
Mark has experience of acting for health trusts, the Official Solicitor and guardians in serious medical treatment cases involving adults and children, including urgent and out of hours cases.
Medical treatment cases include; Re E, a widely reported decision of Peter Jackson J. on the capacity of woman with anorexia to refuse food and treatment and Re XB on the validity of an advance directive about life sustaining treatment made by man with motor neurone disease.
Mark is recognised as an expert in mental health law. He advises local authorities, health bodies and claimants on mental health issues and appears in cases in the Administrative Court and Upper Tribunal.
Mark’s employment and discrimination cases in the past year include USA v Nolan in the CJEU on the interpretation of collective redundancy rights under Directive 98/59 EU and the TULR(C)A 1992 and Chief Constable of Hampshire & South Central Ambulance Service v Bullale on “less favourable treatment” in the context of a race discrimination claim against a NHS Ambulance Trust.
He has appeared in disciplinary hearings in the GMC, GDC, NMC, and GPhC.
Areas of Law
- Clinical Negligence
- Court of Protection
- Disciplinary & Regulatory
- Employment & Discrimination
- Law In Sport
- Public Law
- Community Care
- Mental Health
“Mark brings a wealth of experience to cases. It’s always really refreshing with Mark, because he will genuinely have a fresh approach to different cases and can be quite ingenious in the arguments he comes up with. He often brings an angle to something that no one had considered. He’s good to deal with, very measured and doesn’t get too emotional about stuff.” Court of Protection, Chambers & Partners 2018
“He’s very knowledgeable about the court and very good at dealing with the other side, even when they’re litigants in person.” Court of Protection, Chambers & Partners 2017
“Very experienced, unflappable and at ease when dealing with complex legal arguments.” Court of Protection, Chambers & Partners 2017
“He gets good work and is very approachable and nice.” Court of Protection, Chambers & Partners 2016
“An effective advocate, he is a reflective barrister who gives thoughtful advice.” Court of Protection, Chambers & Partners 2014
“He is very robust and gives realistic advice.” Court of Protection, Chambers & Partners 2013