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Mark Mullins specialises in the fields of Clinical Negligence and Court of Protection, with particular interests and experience in judicial review, mental health and mental incapacity, healthcare and medical treatment, social care and social services law.

Mark also has extensive Inquest experience, acting in cases for the families, trusts and medical indemnifiers.  A recent notable case may be seen here.

Additionally, Mark has particular experience with the overlap between mental health law and education and mental capacity. He is also a member of ELAS (Education Lawyers Association).

Mark is regularly instructed on behalf of Local Authorities and the Official Solicitor. He is member a member of COPPA (Court of Protection Practitioners Association).

Court of Protection

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.

Employment & Discrimination

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.

Sports Law

Mark is a public law, regulatory and employment and discrimination barrister who has appeared in courts and tribunals at all levels including the European Court of Justice.  He has experience as a volunteer sports administrator and Board member at club, national and international level in the sports of baseball and softball. In 2018 he was appointed to Sports Resolutions’ Athlete Selection & Eligibility, Commercial, Integrity & Discipline, Employment & Discrimination, Paralympic & Disability, Football and Occasional Pro Bono panels of arbitrators and mediators.

His sports law interests include: disciplinary proceedings, integrity and governance, athlete talent development and selection, equality issues, safeguarding, mental health and wellbeing and the use of mediation in sports disputes.

Sitting as a part time judge in the First Tier Tribunal (Mental Health) and the Court of Protection Mark has significant experience of cases involving vulnerable adults and young people and of safeguarding issues. He has completed training in working with adult survivors of abuse run by the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) and is a trained mediator. Recent work includes overturning a lifetime ban from football imposed on a coach by FA Safeguarding Review at an FA appeal hearing. He is a member of the British Association for Sport and Law.

Mark Mullins is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.

Areas of Law


He has a very attractive style of advocacy and is very calm.” Court of Protection, Chambers & Partners 2020

“He’s a very good at thinking on his feet in court and is a very strong advocate.” Court of Protection, Chambers & Partners 2020

“Mark is a very knowledgeable lawyer who is very sensible, reasonable and pragmatic. He also sits as a tribunal judge, which gives him another dimension to his knowledge and skills.” Court of Protection, Chambers & Partners 2019

“He has a very good manner with instructing solicitors, the courts like him and he’s very direct and easy to deal with.” Court of Protection, Chambers & Partners 2019

“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


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