Marcus is an experienced practitioner and noted as a leading junior barrister in the 2017 edition of the Legal 500. His practice includes contract and commercial law including disputes outside of the UK. Marcus receives instructions from solicitors and takes direct instructions from individuals seeking expert criminal and commercial legal advice. In addition Marcus acts for all parties in regulatory matters such as licensing, health and safety cases and environmental issues.
General Civil and Commercial Litigation
Whether you need advice or representation, Marcus accepts instructions in a broad range of commercial disputes that affect both businesses and individuals in the UK and around the world. His international work has involved working with parties in the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. He has experience in debt recovery and construction litigation. Furthermore, he regularly undertakes cases involving complex contractual disputes, negligence, probate, health care disputes and insolvency.
In personal injury matters, road traffic accidents and credit hire claims, he regularly drafts statements of case and opinions on behalf of Claimants and Defendants, as well as appearing at every level including high value High Court disputes.
Bennett Gould & Partners Ltd v O'Sullivan (2018), unrep - High Court dispute for fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation in forming a joint venture
Chin v Sliwinski & Others (2017), Unrep - High Court dispute on enforcement of debt
National Car Parks Ltd v Barrington-Fuller & Others (2016), unrep - High Court dispute regarding personal guarantees
Housing and Property Disputes
Marcus accepts instructions in a variety of landlord and tenant or property owner disputes. He has represented HMO landlords when prosecuted by local authorities as well as challenged management fees on behalf of private tenants at tribunal. He has advised social landlords providing both written advice and/or representation in disrepair and possession claims including anti-social behaviour on behalf of local authorities, registered providers and charities. His public law tenant work has seen him undertake the above plus pursuing unlawful eviction and homelessness claims including Judicial Review.
He regularly advises on commercial and residential property disputes. The residential housing matters have included boundary disputes and applications under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996. Marcus is experienced in assisting clients that wish to bring or challenge claims for adverse possession, the registration of easements or other issues with entries on the register before the Land Registration section of the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber). On the commerical side, claims have considered the status of business leases as well as resolving complex contractual High Court disputes arising from large scale property investment.
Costs and Detailed Assessment
Marcus is experienced in acting for clients at the Senior Courts Costs Office at the Royal Courts of Justice on complex and high value detailed assessments as well as county court costs assessments. In particular, he has advised and represented clients where the ATE premium is contested including at provisional assessments. A case at first instance was recently upheld by the Court of Appeal. He can provide cogent and straightforward advice on the CPR regime post-Mitchell and Denton including budgeting, costs capping and costs management.
Marcus appears across East Anglia and London acting in cases involving all types of criminal offences. He has particular experience of undertaking fraud and financial mismanagement cases, as well as a detailed understanding of the recovery of proceeds of crime post-conviction. Marcus frequently acts for respondents who are being pursued under the civil recovery regime for confiscation.
Areas of criminal law expertise include:
Platinum Crown Investments Ltd v NE Essex Magistrates' Court
Fraud and confiscation
Road traffic or motoring law
Regulatory work including trading standards, environmental law, HMO regulations & health and safety
 4 WLR 11 - Challenge to amending wrong name of company on summons
Regina (Mishra) v Colchester Magistrates' Court
 1 WLR 1351 - Challenge to bringing case stated appeal out of time
"Just wanted to personally thank you for today, you were awesome… I am really pleased with the outcome… and you can be rest assured I will recommend you to all I know." - Rob, Southend
"Marcus did a brilliant job, the only thing I would add to that is I would rather he defended me than prosecute me!" - Glenn, Bury St Edmunds
Marcus Croskell is the head of the EA Law - East Anglian Chambers pro bono unit. He regularly volunteers at the Suffolk Law Advice Centre, providing free advice on housing and contractual disputes.
Webinar - HMO Landords Under Seige - November 2017
Housing Law Update for Landlords - May 2015
Quantum in Disrepair Cases - October 2013
Co-author of chapter on 'Oversees assets' under Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in Fraud: Law, Practice & Procedure (Butterworths 2005) : ISBN:0 7545 2434 5.
Articles by Marcus Croskell:
Late Agreement to Avoid Case Management Conferences
Proportionality in POCA Proceedings
Public Order Act: Feel Free To Be Insulting
2017 Legal 500 Listing
Dangerous Driving Ban Reduced by 50% in Court of Appeal
Win in Court of Appeal
EA Law - East Anglian Chambers Listed in Legal 500
Marcus Croskell Represents Commerical Pilot
We know that our client was extremely grateful for Marcus's assistance on this matter and we are also delighted with the services Marcus provided.