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Mark is the Head of the Inheritance, Wills and
Probate Team: an expert in civil and family law, he is an accredited mediator
and a member of the specialist inheritance mediators' group.. He is also
an enthusiastic speaker and writer on all his areas of specialisation. 

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Expertise
INHERITANCE, WILLS AND
PROBATE

Mark is regularly
instructed in claims pursuant to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and
Dependants) Act 1975 and other contentious probate matters, claims for
rectification of wills, administration actions and applications to remove or
replace executors. Many claims involve issues of proprietary estoppel,
constructive trusts and/or undue influence. He regularly acts for charities and
for children or adults under a disability. He is highly experienced in the
mediation of such claims as both advocate and mediator. He regularly appears in
the Court of Protection on all manner of financial claims with a particular
interest in statutory wills.  

FAMILY FINANCE
Mark specialises in
matrimonial finance (with particular expertise in advancing or resisting claims
by third parties), claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees
Act 1996 and Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989. 

CHILDREN PRIVATE LAW

He also deals with
injunctions, committals and all manner of private law applications under of the
Children Act 1989.

PROPERTY

Mark’s practice encompasses
a broad range of property disputes particularly those relating to constructive
and resulting trusts (he has particular experience and expertise in complex
claims involving extended families), proprietary estoppel, undue influence,
boundaries and easements, estate agents’ commission and misrepresentation by
vendors of residential property. He also appears before the Lands
Tribunal. 

PERSONAL INJURY AND
CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE

A former head of the
Personal Injury team Mark is a member of the specialist fraudulent claims group
with particular experience in the defence of such claims. He also appears
before Coroner’s Inquests. 

COURT OF PROTECTION

Mark is regularly instructed in a wide variety of Property and Affairs
cases both in London and regionally. He has a particular interest in Statutory
Wills in his role as leader of chambers' Inheritance Wills and Probate team.
His recent cases include: the successful representation a donor who wished to
resist the registration of an LPA on the grounds that the application was
premature; dealing with the consequences of a loss of capacity in the midst of
a complex family arrangement to purchase and develop property, and dealing with
rival applications for deputyship. He has also recently appeared for the
children of a patient in a contested contact and residence matter. He has
spoken on Court of Protection matters at chambers and external seminars. 

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QUALIFICATIONS:



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BSc (Economics) - University College, London.



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LLB (First Class) - City Law School.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:

Family Law Bar Association, Chancery Bar Association, Member of ACTAPS ,
Western Circuit, Civil Mediation Council

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:



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Mark is a regular speaker at Chambers’ and external seminars.



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Contributor to specialist publications on and off line.



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Speaker, trainer and lecturer at chambers’ events and those arranged for
or by solicitors, regional practice groups, HMRC and commercial providers
including CLT, CPDcast, MBL and Lips Legal.

OUTSIDE INTERESTS:



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Travel, sport, cooking, the arts.

NOTABLE CASES:



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Stoker v Rose (Re Krzystofowicz (deceased) [2001] W.T.L.R. 883



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McMeekin v Long [2003] 29 EG 120



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Brown & Ors v Russell Young & Co (a firm) [2006] EWHC 90055
(Costs)



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Soulsbury v Soulsbury [2007] EWCA Civ 938



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Broadway v Fernandez [2007] EWHC 684 (Ch).



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Parris v Williams [2008] EWCA Civ 1147



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Kentfield v Wright [2010] EWHC 1607 (Ch)

PUBLICATIONS:



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Stands to Reason – PS Magazine (Law Society), November 2012.
(www.probatesection.org.uk/pages/magazine/list/2012 (£))



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Communication Breakdown – Private Client Advisor, March 2012.
(http://bit.ly/zS0aQM)



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Cohabitants and the IPFD – Lawskills, June 2010.
(www.lawskills.co.uk/articles/2010/06/cohabitants-and-the-ipfd/).

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