St Ives Chambers

Mark Cooper

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Practice Areas

Pubic Law Children, Private Law Children


Mark practises exclusively in family law and specialises in matters relating to children. He has a busy practice and a reputation for providing excellent client care and being thoroughly prepared. Mark aims to provide realistic and pragmatic advice whilst always being prepared to fight his client’s case.

Mark is a care specialist and in recent years has regularly appeared in lengthy and complex proceedings. He has been instructed in cases involving the most serious of allegations including the death of a child, brain injuries, fabricated/induced illness, torture and inter-familial sexual abuse. Mark has been led in seven cases in the last two years, including four cases in which he was led by Queen’s Counsel.

Reported cases include Re D & Ors (Children) [2017] EWFC B87 (06 April 2017) and Gloucestershire County Council v M & Ors [2015] EWFC B177.

Professional Memberships

Midland Circuit, Family Law Bar Association, West Midlands FLBA (Secretary), The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, The Birmingham City School of Law Advisory Board, Local Family Justice Board (representative for the Bar), FreeBar.