His Honour Judge Mark Lucraft QC

Judge Mark Lucraft was called to the Bar in 1984 and in practice at the Bar until his appointment to the Circuit Bench in July 2012. He was appointed a Recorder in 2003.

During practice at the Bar he undertook a range of serious and complex fraud cases. He was involved in the investigation and subsequent prosecutions arising out of the collapse of Barlow Clowes, the death of Robert Maxwell, the investigation into suspected price fixing in the pharmaceuticals supplied to the Department of Health. He was also one of the team prosecuting the cases arising out of the Hatfield rail crash.

He took Silk in 2006 and continued both to prosecute and defend in serious and complex cases: primarily fraud cases. In 2006 he was instructed to advise the OFT on allegations of price fixing in the transatlantic airline ticket market that led to the prosecution of four executives from British Airways. He was also instructed in the very first prosecution under the Enterprise Act 2002.

Prior to appointment he was leading counsel for the SFO in the largest ‘boiler room’ fraud they had then investigated.

He was on the Standards Committee of the Bar Standards Board between 2005 and 2010. Between 2010 and 2012 he was on the Bar Council Remuneration Committee (Vice Chairman 2010-2011, Chairman 2012).

He has been a member of the team of practitioner editors of Archbold since 1996, and helps to edit the Road Traffic Encyclopaedia.