Proud Sponsor of Pro Bono KC of the Year at 2022 Bar Pro Bono Awards

Nov 3rd, 2022 by Hewetson & Co

We were delighted to sponsor the Pro Bono KC of the Year at the 2022 Pro Bono Awards held at Middle Temple Hall on Wednesday 2nd November. Many congratulations to all the winners and indeed all those nominated for the amazing work and generosity of time they selflessly gave to those most in need of access to justice.

The winner of the Pro Bono KC of the Year 2022, was Mark Harris KC, Serjeants' Inn.

‘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.

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