“He is a very experienced, robust and measured advocate who is more than a match for anyone at the Children’s Bar. He is comfortable in international disputes and knows how to deal with wealthy parents.”
Chambers & Partners 2018

Experience

Year of Call: 1988

Education

LLB (Hons)

Languages

French

Profile

Mark is a dedicated family advocate whose practice encompasses all aspects of family law. His easy approach, robust advocacy and user friendly demeanour make him a popular choice with solicitors.


Children
Mark regularly represents local authorities, parents and guardians in public law proceedings across all tiers of Court. Such cases involve non accidental injury including ‘baby shaking’ cases, infant death, sexual and physical abuse as well as neglect cases. In private law cases, Mark represents parents in relation to residence applications, including shared residence, contact and specific issue.

International Movement of Children
Mark regularly appears in the High Court representing parents in cases of Child Abduction, (both Hague and non Hague cases), Inherent Jurisdiction, Wardship, Brussels II and International Relocation of Children.

Divorce
Within the breakdown of marriage, Mark represents husbands and wives in ancillary relief cases, including “big money” cases, financial provision for children and CSA appeals. Increasingly Mark is instructed in cases where the court’s jurisdiction is questioned and the issue of “Forum Conveniens” has to be determined. Additionally Mark has appeared in the Care Standards Tribunal in an appeal against the incorporation of a social worker on the POCA list.

Interests
Mark’s interests include sailing, skiing and squash.

Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association
Inner Temple
Affiliate Member of Resolution

Directories

A cross-jurisdictional specialist who represents notable individuals in private children disputes. He mainly acts in cases concerning relocation, abduction and enforcement orders, among other international issues. He has experience of dealing with Hague and non-Hague jurisdictions.
Strengths: “He has exceptional judgement, and gets straight to the heart of what one is trying to achieve. He is tremendously tough in court, and works very well under exceptional pressure.”
Recent work: Intervened on behalf of a legal charity into a Supreme Court appeal. The issue in question was anticipatory breach in retention cases.
Chambers & Partners 2019

‘Strong and persuasive.’
Legal 500, 2019


A cross-jurisdictional specialist who represents notable individuals in private children disputes. He mainly acts in cases concerning relocation, abduction and enforcement orders among other international issues. He has experience of dealing with Hague and non-Hague jurisdictions.
Strengths: “He is a very experienced, robust and measured advocate who is more than a match for anyone at the Children’s Bar. He is comfortable in international disputes and knows how to deal with wealthy parents.”
Recent work: Represented a mother estranged from her child for four years following its removal to Egypt after a family holiday.
Chambers & Partners 2018

‘Approachable, helpful and very good with clients.’
Legal 500, 2017

A cross-jurisdictional specialist who represents notable individuals in private children disputes. He mainly acts in cases concerning relocation, abduction and enforcement orders.
Strengths: “He is highly intelligent, calm, persuasive and very good with clients.”
Chambers & Partners 2017

‘His advocacy is superb.’
The Legal 500, 2016

An experienced practitioner who deals with cross-border children issues. These include child abduction and relocation matters.

Strengths: “He has huge experience and is strong in court.” “He is very knowledgeable and highly personable.”
Chambers & Partners 2016

‘He is tenacious and has excellent judgement; he delivers every single time.’
The Legal 500, 2015

An experienced advocate in both private and public law proceedings, whose practice has a particular focus on cases relating to the international movement of children. He regularly handles leave to remove matters in both Hague and non-Hague jurisdictions.

Expertise: “An unsung hero who is very self-effacing and just gets on with his work. Good in a crisis, he’s very experienced and a safe pair of hands.”
Chambers & Partners 2015

Mark Jarman – ‘Very good for abduction proceedings.’
Recommended as a Leading Junior in the area of Child Law
The Legal 500, 2014

A new entrant in the rankings this year, who is noted for his handling of high-profile cases concerning abduction and the international movement of children.

Expertise: “He knows the law and will put together good arguments at really short notice.”

Recent work: Recently appealed in the Court of Appeal in Re: J, a Hague abduction case.
Chambers & Partners 2013

Recommended as a Leading Junior in the area of Child Law
The Legal 500, 2013

16/10/18
[2018] EWCA Civ 2240
30/01/18
[2018] EWFC 6
07/04/17
[2017] EWHC 1514 (Fam)
13/11/15
[2015] EWHC 3440 (Fam)
19/06/15
[2015] EWHC 1753 (Fam)
06/06/15
[2015] EWHC 1693 (Fam)1693
14/01/15
[2015] EWFC 4 (Fam)
16/10/14
[2014] EWHC 3488 (Fam)
15/07/14
[2014] EWCA Civ 905
14/03/14
[2014] EWHC 963 (Fam)
31/01/14
[2014] EWHC 303 (Fam)
10/10/13
[2013] EWHC 2974 (Fam)
10/10/13
[2013] EWHC 2972 (Fam)
17/09/13
[2013] EWCA Civ 1131
14/07/11
[2011] EWCA Civ 1230
21/12/10
[2010] EWHC 3350 (Fam)
09/02/10
[2010] 2 FLR 577; [2010] EWCA Civ 208
04/12/09
[2009] EWHC 3477 (Fam)
23/09/09
[2010] 1 FLR 1197; [2009] EWHC 2635 (Fam)
11/02/09
[2009] 2 FLR 1513; [2009] EWHC 1735 (Fam)
04/04/07
[2007] EWHC 779 (Fam)
21/12/06
[2006] EWHC 3374 (Fam)
16/10/00
(2001) 1 FLR 302