Mark Wilson



The two leading guides, Legal 500 and Chambers Directory, have ranked Mark top in the region for 15 years for fraud, and as a leading lawyer – “highly experienced – market leader in the Midlands” and “first rate and buzzing with ideas, authoritative yet approachable”. He has been ranked nationally for 5 years for both fraud and for tax investigations – “first class and confidence inspiring; superb client-handling and technical knowledge” and “a pleasure to deal with and has great knowledge of the sector”.

Mark is expert at defending Financial Crime including all frauds, conspiracy, and money laundering. He is a specialist in resolving Tax Investigations. He was the lead solicitor in a high profile HMRC prosecution (R v Mandaric & Redknapp) which was resoundingly defeated on all counts.

Mark has vast experience of all types of Regulatory cases, including those brought by the HSE, Environment Agency, Local Authority, Office of Fair Trading, Dept for Business Innovation & Skills, and Companies House.

His background is over 25 years defending financial crime and regulatory cases. First, as a partner at Freeth Cartwright, and then a founder partner of Cartwright King where he led the fraud teams. In 2015 Mark left to become a partner in Richard Nelson LLP and join Richard in providing the highest quality representation across the UK.

Services & Specialisms

Expert advice & representation in these areas

  • Fraud Defence

    We are one of the leading firms in England and Wales for fraud defence, specialising in serious fraud, but with a strong track record in smaller matters, too.

  • HMRC Criminal Investigations

    It is vital that you seek specialist representation if you are the subject of a criminal investigation by HMRC. Speak to our experts today.

  • Code of Practice 8

    Our expert tax lawyers will help manage a COP 8 investigation involving you, including meetings, negotiation and ensuring that it remains a civil tax investigation if possible.

  • Code of Practice 9

    If HMRC suspects serious tax fraud, it will conduct a COP 9 investigation. Our solicitors are able to provide expert advice and representation in these cases.

  • Tax Evasion and Avoidance

    HMRC’s aggressive anti-avoidance policies mean that investigations require specialist help to resolve. Contact our tax solicitors to see how we can help.

  • Offshore Tax Evasion and Avoidance

    If you are the subject of a current offshore investigation, or suspect you will be targeted in the future, our solicitors can represent you and help you prepare.

  • VAT Inspections & Investigations

    Our tax solicitors can work with you in confidence to discuss and resolve matters relating to VAT inspections and investigations.

  • Fire Safety Investigations

    If you are subject to a fire safety investigation or if you have been subject to any form of enforcement action, or regulatory solicitors can help.

  • Bribery Compliance

    Our lawyers advise businesses on bribery issues and represent individuals facing allegations of bribery and corruption.

  • Insolvency Practioners

    We represent insolvency practitioners in matters relating to the IPA, including written responses, statements and legal representation in Tribunals.

  • Directors Disqualification

    We advise directors who are involved in any stage of Directors Disqualification proceedings, including written representations and court applications.

  • Environmental Investigations

    Our team advises corporate clients and individuals who are involved in various types of Environment Agency investigations.

  • Health and Safety Investigations

    We defend businesses who are under investigation by the Health and Safety Executive, including the most serious workplace accidents and incidents.

  • Money Laundering

    Our regulatory solicitors have been advising businesses and individuals in money laundering issues for years, and also provide training to accountants and other lawyers on money laundering defence and compliance.

  • Trading Standards Investigations

    We represent businesses who are being investigated by Trading Standards, including matters serious enough to be contested in the Crown Court.

  • BEIS Investigations

    Our solicitors are experienced in defending criminal investigations brought by the BEIS, including advice when invited to a formal interview under caution.

Organisations & Accreditations


  • Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association (HSLA)
  • Nottinghamshire Law Society
  • Law Society
  • British Automobile Racing Club

I love being able to work with clients to identify the issues in their case, come up with the options and identify the best solution, and then set a strategy and tactics to achieve this. I like to provide the service, response and approachability that I would want if I was a client.

Mark Wilson

I scrolled the internet for tax solicitors, for advice & guidance regarding a position a former employer left me in. A highly sensitive and complex case handled exceptionally well by Mark Wilson. I would also like to take this opportunity to give a special mention to Gary Rooney with his... expertise regarding this case. Mark guided me on the different channels I could take & together we took on two of the biggest law firms in London, not once did I ever doubt Mark or his team, his advice & mentoring throughout this whole process was second to none. Mark’s ability to give an answer to every potential outcome was so reassuring & gave me complete confidence in how he dealt with the case. I could have gone to any firm more local or London but I am so pleased I reached out to Richard Nelson & Mark Wilson. I feel that I was given the greatest advice and counsel which has resulted in the best outcome I could ask for. Thank you for joining me on this rollercoaster I will be eternally grateful.

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