Mark Saunders is deputy head of our family team: he has a very strong track record dealing with cases involving children, both in care proceedings and disputes between parents.
In public-law proceedings, Mark regularly represents a range of local authorities as well as acting for parents and the child. He has dealt with cases involving non-accidental injuries, sexual abuse, issues surrounding jurisdiction of the court, parents with learning disabilities, and substance misuse.
Although Mark is instructed in applications by parents for child arrangement orders, he specialises in complicated private-law proceedings. He is generally instructed in cases where there are welfare issues affecting the children, such as domestic violence, physical abuse, sexual abuse or child abduction.
He has also represented clients where there have been attempts to frustrate the time spent with a child or children. He is experienced in cases with an international element, including applications for leave to remove a child/children from the jurisdiction as well as issues that have arisen as to the jurisdiction of the English court.
Mark is a skilled and respected advocate, known for his attention to detail, preparation and strong, practical advice.
Mark may accept Public Access work, where he can be instructed directly by a member of the public rather than a solicitor.