Mark Trowell QC

•  Joined independent bar in 1989 after having been admitted to practice eight years earlier.

•  Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2000.

•  Practices in criminal law.

•  Member of the WA Bar Association since 1989; together with Tom Percy QC founding member of Albert Wolff Chambers in 2003.

•  Joint-chairman LAWASIA standing committee on criminal law.

•  Has been retained to act for such clients as international art critic Robert Hughes, legendary Sydney nightclub identity Abe Saffron and iron-ore magnate Gina Rinehart, but has also, like the majority of criminal lawyers, been ever ready to take on the case of every person brought before the courts.

•  Has also prosecuted criminal cases for the Director of Public Prosecutions; appeared as counsel at two Royal Commissions; and special inquiries before the Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC).

•  Appointed by the Australian Government in 2006 to undertake a review of the coercive legislative powers of the Australian Crime Commission (now the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission).

•  Throughout 2005-2006, in Perth and Sydney, he acted as counsel on behalf of the masters of foreign fishing vessels that had been seized by the Australian Customs for allegedly poaching the Patagonian toothfish in the Southern Ocean near Antarctica. Subsequently, involved in negotiations at the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg on behalf of the owners of foreign fishing vessels.

•  In recent years, he has been an international observer reporting on human rights issues on behalf of several Australian and international law organisations. These have included the Australian Bar Association, Law Council of Australia, Lawasia, the International Commission of Jurists, the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, the Union Internationale des Advocates.

• He also has represented the interests of the Geneva-based Inter-Parliamentary Union as an international observer at notorious criminal trials in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the Philippines.

• Member of legal team advising on appeal against conviction of Myanmar nationals Zaw Lin and Wai Phyu sentenced to death for the murder of English backpackers at Koh Tao, Thailand (2016)

•He is the author of three best-selling books published by Marshall Cavendish about the trials and tribulations of former Malaysian deputy-prime minister and opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim: ‘The Trial of Anwar Ibrahim – Sodomy II’ (2012); ‘The Prosecution of Anwar Ibrahim-The Final Play’ (2015) ; and Anwar Returns – The Final Twist’ (2018)