Called to the Bar of England & Wales (1985) (QC 2006), British Virgin Islands (2012), Grand Cayman (2007, pro hac) and the Turks and Caicos Islands (2011, pro hac)
Associate member American Bar Association
Mark Rainsford QC is a rare silk specialising in fraud, whether criminal, civil or commercial. He specialises in corporate wrongdoing, internal company investigations, financial crime, proceeds of crime and international asset recovery. He is authorised by the BSB to conduct litigation.
He provides clear, focused, unequivocal and strategic advice and has real gravitas in court. His criminal practice focuses on defending corporates and individuals in a broad range of serious and complex cases.
He acts for private clients but also accepts some legal aid work. He has a wealth of experience in criminal and civil cases concerning financial crime, bribery and corruption, proceeds of crime, corporate blackmail, and international asset recovery.
Mark is recommended in Chambers and Partners 2018 for Financial Crime and for POCA work. He is “A very easy leader to deal with. He thinks outside the box and is very client-friendly and very straightforward.” “He’s fantastic to work with.” “A highly meticulous performer” who “presents reasoned and persuasive arguments of the greatest clarity.” and in Legal 500 which states: ‘He defends in complex money laundering and boiler room cases.’ ‘Instructed for the defence in challenging confiscation proceedings.’
In previous editions, he is praised for having “superb legal knowledge and great judgement in how best to advance the client’s cause” and for being a “very good, strategic and tactical thinker who is great with clients.” “He’s easy to deal with and gets right to heart of a problem.” Mark is “very experienced in civil fraud, meaning he brings an extra dimension to his cases”. Previous editions have praised Mark’s extensive expertise in the field of POCA and Asset Forfeiture work:- ‘‘he’s extremely knowledgeable and very resourceful. Ten barristers may say ‘no, can’t do it’, but he finds a way’’. He also has a “stellar reputation for acting in money laundering claims” and “offers excellent advocacy, first-class advice and superior preparation”. The Legal 500 2016 edition states that Mark is “A welcoming source of first-rate legal advice”