Mark Cooper

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Private Law Children

Mark accepts instructions on behalf of children in private law cases pursuant to FPR r.16.4. He has significant experience in these sorts of cases, especially when the other parties are litigants in person. Mark has concluded several cases of this nature which have been in Court for more than two years.

Mark also accepts instructions from all parties in private law matters relating to adoption.

Notable cases:

Re A [2017-2018]

Mark represented a child in private law proceedings for two years, following two earlier years of implacable hostility and allegations of physical abuse.

Re J [2018]

Mark represented two children in multi-party private law proceedings, which included a 10-day finding of fact hearing to determine allegations of sexual abuse and child rape.

Re A [2014-15]

Mark represented an African child who had been the subject of a “botched” adoption process in the country of his birth. The case bore the hallmarks of child trafficking and included a finding of fact hearing to determine whether the child’s mother had in fact died in Africa.


MA (Oxon)

Graduate Diploma in Law, Manchester Law School

Bar Vocational Course, Manchester Law School




Midland Circuit

Family Law Bar Association

Secretary of the West Midlands Family Law Bar Association

The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn

Birmingham City School of Law Advisory Board

Local Family Justice Board (representative for the Bar)



Chambers and Partners 2021: “He prepares extraordinarily well and has a wonderful client manner. It does not matter whether it is the most sophisticated person or the most vulnerable person that he is representing, he has the ability to talk to them in a language that they understand.” “He is graceful and calm on the surface but you know that he has put the work in to get to that point. I am always impressed with the speed of his work and the quality of his position statements.”

Legal 500 2021: “A well-rounded barrister who goes above and beyond for his clients.”

Chambers and Partners 2020: “He is personable, extremely well prepared and very focused on the right outcome.”

Legal 500 2019: “He provides first-class client care.”

Chambers and Partners 2019: “Calm and compelling, he grasps the issues in a case and wins the confidence of judges.” “His cross-examination has a pinpoint accuracy which leaves the court in no doubt as to who is in control of the case.”

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