Mark Rostron



Bribery & Corruption
Civil Recovery
Company Commercial
Copyright Infringement
Corporate Fraud Investigations
Fraud & Economic Crime
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Tax Tribunal Appeals
Mark Rostron is an assistant solicitor who specialises in defending large scale commercial, complex and serious fraud cases and those involving intellectual property theft. Mark regularly assists in cases involving general crime, financial crime and extradition proceedings.

He has extensive experience in defending cases brought by the Serious Fraud Office and HM Revenue & Customs, the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

Mark has had significant experience in defending VAT fraud cases, including Missing Trader Intra Community (MTIC) and Carousel fraud.  He has a forensic eye for detail and the discipline to a deal with large amounts of evidence in cases that very often involve years of investigation and trials lasting several months. 

Mark has a particular expertise in defending criminal cases for breach of copyright infringement and trademark. In particular, he has headed the legal team here that has successfully defended a series of clients accused of running Bit Torrent trackers and websites associated with the alleged illegal downloading of films and music. Indeed, one of these cases was the first criminal prosecution for illegal downloading brought before the English courts, which resulted in acquittal with a unanimous verdict.  He has gone on to successfully defend a number of high profile private prosecutions brought by the FACT and the BPI and IFPI, which have been widely reported in the media. 



Associations and Memberships

The Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association
The London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association

Examples of Work

Acting for a defendant in a £40m case of alleged MTIC fraud prosecuted by HMRC.  

Acted for a legal representative in a multi-handed case of alleged fraud in the solicitors' Pesonal Injury market.  The defendants included solicitors, insurance brokers and medical professionals.  Our client went on to be acquitted.  

Acting for a defendant prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office for unlawful share selling to UK investors whilst based in Spain.  The defendant failed to attend his trial but was represented in his absence by Morgan Rose, going on to be acquitted in absentia.  

Acted for the lead defendant in the prosecution of Oink's Pink Palace; the first UK prosecution of a BitTorrent tracker site.  The defendant went on to be acquitted.  

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