Mark van der Zwart
Head of Chambers
Year of Call 1988
Mark qualified for the Bar with a Law Degree from Essex University, after working in the legal department of Northumberland County Council conducting child care and trading standards cases. He holds the highest Crown Prosecution Service Grading of 4.
Originally from Tyneside, Mark read Law at Essex University. Following Bar exams and six months with the legal department of Northumberland County Council, Mark has practiced at the criminal Bar ever since.
He has a wealth of experience defending and prosecuting serious criminal cases, in particular sexual offence cases involving multiple complainants and defendants, digital media and use of the internet. Mark specialises in cases of causation of serious brain and other injuries to babies and children. He has worked with many of the most senior British and international medical expert witnesses in this field. He also has experience of large scale drugs conspiracies and Department of Trade and Industry prosecutions.
Mark practices as a Criminal barrister.
Mark’s experience and seniority have enabled him to hold the most senior Grade 4 Crown Prosecution Service status and led to him appearing as a leading junior on several occasions. He is a former school governor, has served as a director of KCH Garden Square and as a circuit representative to the Criminal Bar Association and was appointed a crown court recorder in 2009.
Mark van der Zwart is “Experienced in cases involving multiple parties in sexual offence trials” Legal 500 2016
Mark van der Zwart’s “particular strengths include prosecuting and defending sexual offences cases and serious injuries to children.” Legal 500 2015
Mark van der Zwart is a particular specialist in cases involving ‘shaken baby syndrome’, and is highly adept at the complex expert evidence involved in such cases. On a more general level, his practice also encompasses complex drug cases. Chambers UK 2013
Mark van der Zwart is recommended for serious sexual offence cases, and ‘his ability in court is second to none.’ Legal 500 2012
Mark van der Zwart has a ‘robust, but fair, cross-examination technique.’ Legal 500 2011
“…thoughtful and unruffled Mark van der Zwart; an advocate who is always polite, measured, calm and in control.” Chambers and Partners Directory 2009