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Mark Smith


Mark is a partner specialising in matters that relate to children.  Recognised as leader in his field, Mark is regularly appointed by CAFCASS to represent children in complex care proceedings and in difficult disputes between parents, often with an international element. Mark also has experience in assisting parents looking to relocate permanently form the jurisdiction or seeking to prevent such applications.

Mark attended Warwick University and qualified as a solicitor in 1997. Examples of his recent work include:

  • Successfully preventing a removal from the jurisdiction to allow a father and daughter to remain together
  • Representing parents in cases involving local authorities
  • Representing parents in cases involving parental alienation
  • Appearing in the Family Court to assist in resolving disputes between parents regarding their children
  • Guiding birth parents and prospective adopters through the adoption process.

Mark is a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel, a Resolution Accredited Specialist and a committee member of Devon Resolution.

Outside of work, Mark can be found out on the water paddle boarding, surfing and wherever possible, rowing.

Chambers and Partners 2016 – one source comments “he is brilliant, reliable and engages well with children. He gives great advice and is very supportive”

Legal 500 UK 2017  -  Mark is “vastly skilled in care proceedings and skilled in case management.

Chambers and Partners 2018 – notes that Mark has “a sound grasp of legal practice and is methodical, sensitive and focused”.

Chambers and Partners 2019 – He is adept at advising on difficult issues related to parental alienation, international relocation and surrogacy, among other matters. "He was marvellous," one client attests; "he put the case to the judge so well and gave me confidence in what I had to say as well."

Personal testimonials:

You have done a great and highly professional job from the start! Keep up the great work you all do especially for those of us who really need your professional help and support like I have!

Ian, April 2021