St Ives Chambers

Mark Cooper

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Practice Areas

Public Law Children, Private Law Children


Mark practises exclusively in family law and specialises in matters relating to children. He has a busy practice throughout the Midlands, particularly in Birmingham and the Black Country. Mark has 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 public law specialist and he regularly appears 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 is frequently led in complex cases.

As Secretary of the West Midlands FLBA, Mark has played a key role on behalf of the local bar during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Reported cases include EF, GH, IJ (care proceedings) [2019] EWFC 75, 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.