Practice Profile

PROFILE

 

  • Mark specialises in all areas of family law.
  • He read law and French law at St John’s College, Oxford, and l’Universite Pantheon-Assas, Paris, graduating with first class honours in 2004.
  • He studied the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law as a major scholar of the Inner Temple, and was called to the Bar in 2005.
  • Mark is a member of the society for Visually Impaired Lawyers. He is more than happy to receive and return written documents in electronic formats, and solicitors are encouraged to email papers wherever practical. He also asks that, where possible, solicitors indicate which enclosures to instructions contain handwritten or pictorial material and is very grateful for this assistance.

 

PRACTICE

 

Private law

 

  • Mark’s practice covers the whole range of private law Children Act 1989 work.
  • He is frequently instructed to appear in residence and contact disputes and has experience of representing both parents and grandparents.
  • He also has experience of the special issues raised by long-running private law litigation, and has been instructed in cases involving multiple experts and matters involving removal from the jurisdiction.
  • Mark also has experience of cases in which a rule 9.5 Guardian ad litem has been appointed.

 

Public law

 

  • In the field of public law, Mark is instructed to represent local authorities, Children’s Guardians and, most commonly, parents. 
  • He has experience of both interim and final hearings and has represented clients in the Family Proceedings Court, County Court and High Court.

 

Property

 

  • Mark has a particular interest in proceedings that lie outside the ancillary relief process and a large proportion of Mark’s family property work consists of claims between co-owners under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996. 
  • He is able to offer advice, drafting and representation at all stages of cases involving constructive trusts or proprietary estoppel, including situations where the case is further complicated by the added factor of bankruptcy.

 

Other

 

  • In addition, Mark’s practice covers applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989, and he also has experience of, and particular interest in, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975. Ancillary relief work is also undertaken.
  • Mark undertakes the full range of work under the Family Law Act 1996, and the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. 
  • He also has some experience of cases against the Child Support Agency and pursuit of child maintenance where one party resides outside the jurisdiction.

 

PERSONAL

 

  • Mark has a particular interest in encouraging the development of mooting skills amongst students and has frequently acted as Judge in university mooting competitions. 
  • He also plays cricket in the national blind cricket league on a regular basis.
  • As well as being fluent in French, Mark understands German to an intermediate level and has a basic knowledge of Italian.  He has also studied Latin to a high standard.

 

MEMBERSHIPS  

 

  • Association of Lawyers for Children.
  • Additionally, Mark is a member of the society for Visually Impaired Lawyers. He is more than happy to answer any queries that students with a visual impairment who wish to pursue a career at the Bar may have. Those with questions are encouraged to contact Mark by email in chambers in the first instance.

 







London

2 Harcourt Buildings
Temple
London
EC4Y 9DB
Dx 373 LDE
Tel 0207 353 6961

Oxford

Churchill House
3 St Aldate's Courtyard,
38 St Aldate's, Oxford
OX1 1BN
Dx 96453 Oxford 4
Tel 01865 791559

Contact

0207 353 6961
clerks@harcourtchambers.co.uk

 

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