Mark Bowen // Senior Partner
Mark Bowen // Senior Partner
Mark has represented individuals and corporate clients at every level of the criminal justice system during the course of his career and has been instructed in many of the major cases from the past 20 years. A founder of the firm, he is consistently ranked in the legal directories as a leading individual in the areas of business crime and white-collar fraud, and for his defence of individuals who are either investigated or charged with serious criminal offences.
Mark brings a combination of energy and detailed knowledge to each and every one of his cases, and is fiercely committed to achieving the best possible result for his clients. The directories describe him as a “fearless litigator” and he is praised for his “tactical nous and excellent client care”.
He now predominately specialises in defending clients facing allegations of serious and complex fraud, bribery and corruption. He is also instructed to advise in proceedings arising from the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and regularly advises both national and international clients on issues relating to restraint proceedings, confiscation and other ancillary matters. Mark also advises clients within the security industry on both an individual and company basis.
In addition, Mark is regularly instructed by clients investigated for sexual offences both at the pre-charge stage and at trial. He is also instructed to defend clients charged with murder and other serious offences and has a proven track record of securing acquittals for clients facing these allegations.
Chambers and partners (financial crime) 2019: Shearman Bowen and co highly ranked again in the field of white collar defence21.10.19
Shearman Bowen and co have been highly ranked by Chambers and partners once more in the niche area of white collar defence. The rankings recognise the work, experience and expertise of the firm and its lawyers. The directory describes describe the team as “excellent” and “highly experienced.” Mark Bowen comes recommended for his expertise in fraud and bribery […]
Shearman Bowen and co instructed in football corruption trial at Southwark Crown Court21.10.19
Shearman Bowen and Co are instructed on behalf of one of the defendants charged with bribery in the “football for sale” trial currently ongoing at Southwark Crown Court. The allegations have arisen following an undercover investigation conducted by reporters from the Daily Telegraph in 2016. The trial is scheduled to last 8 weeks. Graham Trembath QC […]
£3.5 million fraud case at Southwark Crown Court collapses30.05.19
Mark Bowen and Rebecca Cooke represented our client who was acquitted of fraud allegations this week at Southwark Crown Court. It was alleged that our client was involved in defrauding investors in a diamond and carbon credit investment scheme, allegations which he strongly denied. Counsel instructed were Gordon Ross and William Glover of 3 Temple […]
NCA secures first Unexplained Wealth Orders28.02.18
The National Crime Agency announced on Wednesday that it had secured a so-called UWO, valued at £22m, plus interim asset freezes on two properties whose ultimate owner was a “politically exposed person”, but it gave no further details. The subject of the landmark orders is believed to be a politician from a country belonging to […]
Legal 500 2017: ‘A “Premier Firm” in White Collar Crime’11.10.17
Shearman Bowen are once again highly ranked in the ‘White-collar Crime’ category in the Legal 500 2017 published today: ‘Premier firm’ Shearman Bowen & Co is ‘well-regarded in the area of fraud and white-collar crime’ and is ‘known for its thorough and methodical approach to all cases’. Highlights included successfully defending the head of a Hong Kong-based […]
Legal 500 2017: ‘A Heavyweight Player in Crime’11.10.17
Shearman Bowen are once again highly ranked in the ‘Crime’ category in the Legal 500 2017 published today. Our expertise in Crime is recognised as follows: Shearman Bowen & Co is ‘a heavyweight player in the crime area’ and ‘adopts a thorough and methodical approach to all cases’. The firm has increasingly focused on investigations and […]
HMRC Prosecutions Double Since 201229.09.17
HM Revenue & Customs today announced that the number of evasion cases lined up for prosecution nearly doubled to 1,135 in the three years to 2015-16. The release of the figures, in response to a Freedom of Information request, comes as the tax authority prepares to use new data to investigate individuals who have hidden […]
Acquittal in HMRC Prosecution28.07.17
Our client Julian Whiteway-Wilkinson was acquitted today of charges of cheating the public revenue by a jury at Wood Green Crown Court. Our client, the founder and former owner of London Fields Brewery in Hackney, had been prosecuted by HMRC in connection with £730,000 of unpaid tax, but the jury returned not guilty verdicts after […]
“One of the Eminent Players in the White-Collar Crime Field”
“A Level of Engagement that is Vanishingly Rare Among Criminal Firms”
“A Class Act in White-Collar Crime”
Chambers and Partners
“Highly Experienced Criminal Practitioners”