Areas of Expertise

Mark practises exclusively in family law and specialises in matters relating to children. He has enjoyed a busy practice throughout the Midlands since 2011. Mark has a reputation for providing excellent client care, being thoroughly prepared. Whilst always prepared to fight his client’s case, Mark always aims to give sensible and robust advice to both professional and lay clients with his friendly and approachable manner.

Children: Public Law

Mark is regularly instructed to represent parents, local authorities, children and interveners in care proceedings. He has also represented teenagers who are competent to provide their own instructions. Mark has experience of cases involving:

  • Non-accidental injury
  • Fabricated or induced illness (FII)
  • Poisoning,
  • Sexual abuse,
  • Inter-sibling sexualised behaviour
  • Other forms of significant harm to children

In 2017, Mark has been led in two complex FII cases lasting several weeks.

Children: Private Law

Mark accepts instructions from parents and other family members in private law proceedings. As well as cases involving intractable disagreements and significant factual disputes, Mark has represented parents in cases involving:

  • Sexual abuse
  • Significant physical chastisement, including matters heard in the High Court

Mark is particularly interested in representing children in private law proceedings, usually when a rule 16.4 guardian has been appointed.

Children: Secure Accommodation

Mark accepts instructions from parents, local authorities, guardians and interveners in secure accommodation proceedings. He has also lectured on secure accommodation at seminars hosted by Chambers.

Children: Forced Marriage

Mark accepts instructions from parents, local authorities, guardians and interveners in forced marriage cases. He has experience of cases with international elements, including cases where the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court is invoked.

Notable cases

Gloucestershire County Council v M & Ors [2015] EWFC B177

Re A [2015]

This was a High Court case concerning a Nigerian child who was the subject of a “botched” Nigerian adoption process. The applicants sought an adoption order to formalise his status as a British National. The case raised complex issues of international adoption law and initially bore the hallmarks of people trafficking. The Court had to investigate the validity of claims that the child’s mother had died in Nigeria, despite the Nigerian paper work being extremely contradictory. Mark represented the child throughout the proceedings.

Re H [2015]

Mark represented two children in care proceedings, including an 8-day finding of fact hearing and a 5-day final hearing in the Family Court at Birmingham. The case concerned very serious allegations of sexual abuse of a child.

Re K [2015]

Mark represented the mother in a finding of fact hearing where the child had suffered a spiral fracture of the left tibia and metaphyseal fractures of the distal and dorsal tibia.

Re M [2016]

Mark represented a local authority in a case involving extreme chastisement of two children, including allegations of attempted drowning.

Re W [2017]

Mark was led in a four-week FII case representing a father.

Re F [2017]

Mark was led in a four-week FII case involving allegations of poisoning and represented the children before a judge of the High Court.


Qualifications

Graduate Diploma in Law, Manchester Law School

MA (Oxon)

 

Memberships

Midland Circuit

Family Law Bar Association

West Midlands Family Law Bar Association

The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn

Association of Lawyers for Children

Further Information

Mark is trained under the Bar’s public access scheme and will accept instructions from individuals in appropriate cases.

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