Mark Hopwell

Associate Solicitor


Mark was called to the Bar as a barrister in 1997 and obtained dual qualification as a solicitor in 2001 after joining Cartwright King Solicitors’ fraud team. He spent over 15 years ranked in the Legal 500 as a top fraud lawyer but also covered many high profile and complex regulatory cases, as well as conducting advocacy on numerous general crime matters. This has given him and an impressive ‘all round’ knowledge and experience base.

Mark was a partner at Cartwright King leading the fraud, regulatory and crime teams nationally, culminating in becoming Regional Managing Director in 2017.

Having joined Richard Nelson in 2020, Mark is a highly-successful and leading authority in resolving issues relating to DBS law, including responding to ‘Minded to Bar’ letters and DBS appeals. He is also one of the few solicitors in the country who specialises in applications to remove police cautions, helping those facing professional, career or travel difficulties from old or minor brushes with the law, to return to a clean record.

Services & Specialisms

Expert advice & representation in these areas

  • Removal of Police Cautions

    Our team includes one of the few police caution removal specialists in the country, which allows us to provide an effective, high quality service and expert advice.

  • DBS Solicitors

    Richard Nelson LLP’s DBS solicitors help individuals challenge DBS decisions, appeal or review prior decisions, or who are being considered for the Barred List.

  • DBS Appeal Solicitors

    Our specialist solicitors can support you with submitting a DBS appeal or requesting a review of a decision to place you on a Barred List. Learn more here.

  • Responding to a Minded to Bar Letter

    If the DBS has sent you a Minded to Bar letter regarding a referral about you, contact us as soon as possible for specialist support on how to respond.

Most people do not seek out a lawyer because they want to, but because they need to. Understanding and appreciating the distressed position many people are in when seeking our help is vital to being able to offer a proper, holistic service. Richard Nelson Solicitors has always impressed me with their stance on genuinely wanting to help people. This accords with my own philosophy that all clients are people first, and we are here to do our best for them.

Mark Hopwell

Mark Hopwell was extremely helpful and he had a lot of experience in his field. He was very easy to understand and he always kept me informed with the progress of my case. I would definitely recommend Richard Nelson to friends or family.

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