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
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.View Profile
Year Of Call : 1994
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Year Of Call : 2000
Lara has represented both Claimants and Defendants in a variety of matters for over 20 years. She has a wide general civil litigation practice, and has given numerous Continuing Professional Development talks and seminars. She is certified to conduct all aspects of litigation, and therefore is certified to carry out all the legal work that not only barristers do, but also those legal activities usually reserved to email@example.com View Profile
Year Of Call : 2005
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Year Of Call : 2010
Felicity is a common law barrister with an established and varied practice in all aspects of criminal and civil law. Felicity is thorough, practical and robust in her approach, whilst remaining email@example.com View Profile
Year Of Call : 2011
Laura is a family barrister with a busy and varied practice acting and advising in public and private law proceedings, applications for injunctive relief and financial remedy proceedings. She is a personable and approachable advocate who prides herself on going the extra mile for her clients. She has studied and worked internationally in France, Brussels, Luxembourg and New Zealand and is a Denning and Eastham Scholar of Lincoln’s Innlaura.firstname.lastname@example.org View Profile
Year Of Call : 2019
Evie accepts instructions in both criminal and family law. She regularly appears in the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts where she prosecutes and defends in all stages of proceedings. She also acts for parents in both private and care proceedings from application stage through to contested interim and final hearings.
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Year Of Call : 2020
Sam joined Walnut House as a pupil under the supervision of Hugh Cornford in 2020 and was made a tenant at Walnut House in October 2021. Developing a general common law practice with an emphasis on family and crime and a particular interest in family law. Prior to training as a barrister Sam worked as a family paralegal with a regional firstname.lastname@example.org View Profile
Year Of Call : 2021
Zoe joined Walnut House in 2021 as a pupil under the supervision of Laura Searle. Prior to pupillage, she worked as a paralegal at a boutique agricultural law firm. During her BPTC, she volunteered as an Appropriate Adult, supporting children in police station interviews, and at Support Through Court, assisting litigants in person with the court process. She has also completed internships assisting a children’s charity with their policy documents, and in the privacy department of an international email@example.com View Profile