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Mark is a barrister specialising in family and civil work.

Mark accepts instructions in all areas of family and international family work, including private children, care proceedings and financial remedies, as well as applications for non-molestation orders and other injunctions. Mark also has experience of abduction and permanent relocation proceedings in the High Court Family Division.

Mark accepts instructions in a wide range of civil proceedings, including immigration, property, personal injury and general contract matters. Recently, he appeared in an immigration appeal regarding the Home Office refusal of a Residence Card and a judicial review of a decision in an asylum application.
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Family: Private children

Mark regularly appears in applications for child arrangement orders, often dealing with cases that have an international element. Mark recently appeared in an application for contact involving allegations of previous domestic abuse between the parents as well as the risk of the child being abducted to Poland.

Family: Financial remedies

Mark recently appeared in financial remedy proceedings dealing with exceptional misconduct where the husband had a conviction for grievous bodily harm against the wife, as well as cases involving disputed overseas properties in Pakistan and Turkey.

Family: Injunctions

Mark has recently appeared in applications for a non-molestation orders involving issues of police disclosure, as well as case where an exclusion requirement was wrongly attached to a supervision order instead of a stand-alone occupation order.

Family: Approach

Mark has a rigorous approach to the legal issues, backed up with comprehensive legal research. This provides a firm legal basis for your arguments and a foundation for clear advice on the strength of your case. Mark often reaches agreements that are acceptable to all the parties without the need for a contested final hearing. This avoids the pressure and stress of long legal proceedings and reduces unnecessary costs. Mark focusses on the needs of the children as paramount. The strongest arguments are framed in terms of the welfare of the children as these are most persuasive to the court. If your case continues to final hearing, Mark presents a clear argument supported by expert witness questioning. Mark’s background in cross-examination in criminal cases highlights the strengths of your case and exposes weaknesses and inconsistencies in the other evidence.

Family: Notable cases

Re (A Child: International Relocation) [2018]: Mark appeared in the High Court Family Division resisting a child’s permanent relocation to Spain on behalf of the mother after the father had previously abducted the child without written consent or the permission of the court.

Immigration

Mark appears in immigration and associated judicial review proceedings, including human rights applications for leave to remain outside the Immigration Rules, and asylum and humanitarian protection. Recently, Mark successfully argued for permission to judicially review the Home Office’s decision not to reconsider his client’s asylum claim made on the basis of genuine fears of honour-based violence on return to Pakistan.


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