Marcus is on sabbatical pursuing a commercial venture where he is gaining invaluable commercial experience from running a business with direct exposure of software/technology development, alongside the huge growth area around data protection. His particular focus is on regulation in the tech markets and specifically in the dental industry. This included processing of patients dental records in accordance with the existing Data Protection Act 1998 and the new legal framework under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the EU. Marcus is available for any advisory work covering any of these areas.
Marcus oringally cut his teeth working alongside KPMG’s Tax Investigations team over a three-year period when working for a leading regulatory firm of solicitors, his background is in white collar crime, legal privilege, all regulatory matters and civil / criminal investigations into corporate bodies and high-net worth individuals charged with tax, regulatory and fraud offences.
Marcus has been instructed in some extremely complex and varied fraud cases in his last 6 years of practice (both defending and prosecuting) as well organised crime, drug conspiracies, road traffic and serious violence. He also has experience in the civil courts having appeared in both the Chancery Division of the High Court and VAT Tax Tribunal.
All of this experience shaped him to be an all-round barrister. He has a down-to-earth approach and gives practical advice based on sound judgment backing up robust courtroom skills.
Fraud cases in the last six years of his active practice (preceding his sabbatical) involved misconduct in a public office of the UKBA, national mortgage fraud, a computer attack on Britain’s largest casino chain and a conspiracy to defraud the land registry and probate office. They also include:
Marcus Rickard’s general cases in the six years preceding his sabbatical ranged across a broad spectrum including:
In addition to crime, before his sabbatical, Marcus had appeared in First-Tier Tax Tribunal (VAT) where he successfully representing an Appellant against HMRC. This took over 4 years from initial instruction to conclusion, spanning three separate hearings.
Marcus has also advised in public law proceedings, including judicial reviews proceedings on prison law. He has appeared in the Chancery Division of the High Court leading a case bringing contempt of court proceedings. Cases in the years preceding his sabbatical include:
University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, BA Hons
Criminal Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit
Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
CPS (Grade 3) 2011-2014
Health & Safety Executive, the Environment Agency and the Office of Rail Regulation Regulatory List (2012-2014)