Mark Karpinski

Barrister | Called 2014

Oliver Woolhouse


Mark served as an officer in the Royal Air Force where he qualified as a solicitor and later transferred to the Bar. He gained significant experience of prosecuting and defending in the military justice system, which included secondments to the Service Prosecuting Authority and Crown Prosecution Service.

In 2018 Mark joined Thames Valley Police as an Inspector. He went on to lead teams in a variety of departments including uniformed response, public order and counter-terrorism.

Mark returned to the legal profession with Cornwall Street in May 2024. His main area of practice is criminal law including the Court Martial. He also accepts instructions in professional regulatory and disciplinary matters.


• LLB Law with Criminology (University of Hull)
• LLM Criminal Law and Criminal Justice (University of Leeds)
• Legal Practice Course (BPP Law School)
• Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors (January 2012)
• Barrister (July 2014)
• Middle Temple – Harmsworth Major Scholarship

Mark’s expertise

Criminal Law

Mark joins Chambers as a grade 2 prosecutor and accepts instructions from defence solicitors and the CPS across a broad range of criminal matters.

Civil Law

Professional Discipline

Mark has experience of acting for doctors in the GMC, internal military disciplinary issues and whilst working for the police, was involved in Regulation 13 matters – an administrative process for the dismissal of underperforming student officers. He has also worked on PSD investigations which have led to the Police Disciplinary Tribunal and the dismissal of officers.

He is happy to accept instructions in the GMC, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and cases being dealt with by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, together with police, military, and other professional disciplinary tribunal matters.

Military Law

During his military career Mark was involved in a plethora of cases, acting for both the defence and prosecution.