Mark joined Pump Court Chambers in 2018 having previously completed pupillage at a specialist family set. He practises in all areas of family law as well as cohabitation disputes, having appeared at all levels of the Family Court and in the High Court.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Mark was the senior paralegal at the leading boutique matrimonial finance firm of solicitors in London, working on numerous reported cases. He, in particular, gained significant experience in cases involving overseas assets and offshore trusts, working with parties to proceedings as well as trustees of potentially involved trusts.
Mark’s practice encompasses all aspects of the financial consequences of relationship breakdown, having been instructed both in applications under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 and Schedule 1 Children Act 1989, to provide representation and to advise in writing. He has experience of significant assets held in complex structures and in different jurisdictions, as well as non-disclosure allegations. In October 2017, Mark was part of a panel speaking on proprietary claims on divorce in the international community, at the IBA conference in Sydney.
Mark has acted in contested divorce proceedings, including contested divorce jurisdiction with a non-EU country. Mark is also familiar with division of assets outside of the matrimonial jurisdiction, having advised on cases under TOLATA.
Mark is regularly instructed on complex Children Act cases, often involving an international element, as well as cases of intractable hostility to contact and parental alienation. Mark is familiar with related issues arising from children cases, including declarations of parentage as well as complications arising from surrogacy arrangements.
Mark is in addition frequently instructed in care proceedings on behalf of parents and the children’s guardian. During pupillage, Mark experienced cases involving non-accidental injury and radicalisation.
Lastly, Mark also accepts instructions in protective injunctions under the Family Law Act 1996.