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Family - Children

Mark Cooper

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Barrister

(Year of Call 2009)

Joined Chambers: 2014

Qualifications:

MA (Oxon)

Background:

Mark practises exclusively in Family Law and specialises in matters relating to children and enjoys a busy practice throughout the Midlands. He has a reputation for providing excellent client care and his thorough preparation.

Children: Public Law

Mark is regularly instructed to represent children, parents, interveners and local authorities in care proceedings. He frequently appears in cases involving inflicted injuries, physical chastisement, sexual abuse and other forms of significant harm to children. Mark has also provided training to social workers and IROs with regard to public law proceedings. Mark has experience representing older children who are capable of providing instructions without the need for a guardian.

Children: Secure Accommodation

Mark accepts instructions from guardians, parents, interveners and local authorities in secure accommodation proceedings. He has also lectured on secure accommodation at seminars hosted by Chambers.

Children: Forced Marriage

Mark accepts instructions from guardians, parents, interveners and local authorities in forced marriage cases. He has experience of cases with international elements and cases involving the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court.

Children: Private Law

Mark accepts instructions from guardians, parents and other family members in private law proceedings. As well as cases involving intractable disagreements and significant factual disputes, Mark has represented parents in cases involving sexual abuse and significant physical chastisement, including matters heard in the High Court. Mark is particularly interested in representing children in private law proceedings, usually when a guardian has been appointed.

Notable Cases:

Gloucestershire County Council v M & Ors [2015] EWFC B177

Further Information:

Mark is a member of the Birmingham City University School of Law’s Advisory Board. He is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Law.

Memberships:

• Midland Circuit
• Family Law Bar Association
• West Midlands FLBA
• The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
• Association of Lawyers for Children

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