Civil and Family Barrister
- Year of Call
The main focus is in ancillary relief (financial remedies) for husbands, wives and children, especially where there are trust and/or business assets and farms. Mark cuts through volume of paper to the core and critical issues and is focussed and blunt with his clients and the Court alike. He is overwhelmingly commercial in approach: final hearings are a last resort, but if necessary they are contested with vigour.
W v W
Financial remedies on divorce with trust assets, necessitating applications in Chancery Division for removal and replacement of trustees and then the consequent financial provision between husband and wife impacted by discretionary trust provision for children.
M v M
Financial remedies involving re-possession and bi-partite allegations of financial conduct being a long-standing and bitter dispute and resulting in a hotly contested final hearing.
C v D
Short childless marriage with significant inherited, trust and business assets overlaid with important health issues affecting the parties.
Inheritance Act or TOLATA
These Areas neatly dovetail with Mark’s financial remedies, land and trust interests. He acts almost equally for Applicants and Respondents, but is equally comfortable with acting for intervenors and third parties in these applications.
R v D
Inheritance Act and TOLATA proceedings heard together acting for Respondents (minor and adult) children to a second wife’s application for financial provision from the deceased’s estate and resisting sale of former matrimonial home where divorce proceedings were on the point of being issued prior to the deceased’s death but had not actually commenced.
Land and Property
Mark works for a wide variety of local authorities and private individuals in a wide range of land and property disputes including public and private rights of way, restrictive covenants (including modification and discharge and consequent compensation assessments) and interim and final relief including injunctions
C v M
Modification and discharge of restrictive covenants and compensation arising (including significant costs arguments) in relation to restrictive covenants holding up the re-development of significant industrial sites
For landowner successfully resisting modification of definitive map to add a public footpath
J v S
Interim and final injunctions and damages for breach of restrictive covenants and trespass
Biographical and Other Information
- Mark farms on Dartmoor with cattle and sheep and breeds thoroughbred horses. He is Chairman of two commoners associations and is involved in the management of the environmental schemes relevant to these commons.
- Mark read history at Southampton University (BA) and then law at City University (Dip.Law and MA in law with his thesis on damages for mental distress for breach of contract). He received both an entrance award and major award from Inner Temple.
Civil Law team members
Year Of Call : 1987
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Year Of Call : 1994
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