Mark is a Chartered Legal Executive. He has exclusively practised family law since entering the legal profession in 1991 and was admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 1998.

Much of Mark’s work has centred around proceedings concerning children. He has particular expertise in cases where Social Services are involved and has spent time working within the legal departments of local authorities in the South and South West. As well as representing parents facing Local Authority intervention, Mark spent a period of time as a specialist Court advocate.

Before joining The Family Law Company, where he is based at the Plymouth office, Mark worked for legal firms in Hampshire, Somerset, Dorset as well as Devon.

Outside of work he is a keen user of the gym, plays jazz saxophone and sings and performs with a local light opera company.

Relevant Experience

  • Representing a father who had been addicted to amphetamines for 25 years. Assisted and supported the process of detoxification within court proceedings which led to the child being reunited with the parents.
  • Whilst a team member at a major local authority during the years following the implementation of the Children Act 1989, I took an active role in several cases which went on to form the foundation of the approach taken by courts today in interpreting and applying the Act.
  • Representing a local authority in the High Court in London on a case where a child with Stage 4 cancer needed blood products for a medical procedure that could save her life; the parents had refused their consent on religious grounds. After a contested hearing the High Court granted the application authorising the treatment.
  • Representing the mother in a case where her baby had sustained multiple injuries. Both parents blamed each other and there was a simultaneous criminal investigation and a high level of press interest in the case at local and national level. The resolution of the case involved complex and disputed medical evidence being heard before the court.
  • Representing a mother who had previously been a high-profile international banker but had developed issues with substance misuse and mental health. This was a highly complex case that involved obtaining evidence from Germany where the client had been working, and dealing with the German courts as the child’s father was a German national and there was a dispute over the child’s place of habitual residence.
  • Representing a father who had been largely written off by a local authority due to a history of issues with alcohol and an unstable lifestyle. I successfully argued for an independent assessment of the father, which was positive, assisted him in obtaining support with the issues that had been identified and succeeded in obtaining an Order reuniting him with his baby daughter.
  • Representing a mother in a complex and long-running case where the approach of the local authority was strongly challenged leading to the social work team backing down and changing their plan for the child on three occasions, and independent assessments being ordered by the court.

Qualifications:

  • Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (FCILEx)
  • Resolution Accredited Specialist (Children and Domestic Abuse).
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