Mark is a solicitor specialising in family law and wills and inheritance disputes.
Mark joined Brachers in May 2012 and has practiced in the field of family law since qualifying in 1990.
Mark is named as a leading individual in family law in Chambers 2017.
- Financial proceedings
- Civil Partnership dissolution
- Children Act proceedings
- Cohabitation agreements
- Collaborative process
In 1995 Mark trained as a mediator and is accredited by the Family Mediators Association (FMA). In the late 1990s he was a trainer on the mediation foundation courses run by the FMA and maintains strong interest in mediation.
Mark undertook the training to work as a collaborative family lawyer in 2007 and believes strongly in providing clients with a range of different paths by which arrangements can be settled on separation and divorce. He is a family specialist accredited by Resolution, obtained in 2002.
Wills and Inheritance Disputes
- Challenging the validity of a will
- Trustee disputes
- Pursuing and defending inheritance claims
- Disputes with executors
Mark is an associate member of The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and the extensive training undertaken through ACTAPS demonstrates his broad knowledge and ability to undertake the complex issues surrounding will and inheritance disputes.
His vast 26 years’ experience in family law means that he has an understanding and sympathetic approach to what can be a very difficult and upsetting time for the family. His background as a mediator means that he is focussed on reaching resolutions and an efficient and cost effective manner.
In 2015 Mark was interviewed by Sky News regarding the landmark contentious probate case Ilot v Mitson , where the Court of Appeal ruled that a disinherited daughter should be awarded a one third share of her mother’s estate despite the mother’s express wishes to the contrary.
“A really sensible, pragmatic, down-to-earth and realistic opponent.”
Chambers UK 2017
The Bach Commission - a family perspective
The Labour-backed report of former justice minister Lord Bach, hit the headlines recently as it made wide ranging recommendations on the justice system, including a new ‘Right to Justice Act’. The two year review heavily criticised the coalition government’s controversial Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012 which has cut back access to legal aid. Read more29/03/17
The freedom to disinherit
Choosing to disinherit a family member is something that needs to be clearly thought out and ensuring this is detailed correctly in your will, could prove vital in successfully defending any claim against your estate. Read more24/08/16
Why are prenuptial agreements binding on the continent and not here?
In the case of Radmacher v Granatino the court here nearly held the parties to a prenuptial agreement. In Germany where the agreement was made the couple would have been bound by the agreement and no further investigation would have been undertaken. The court here said that for the court to uphold an agreement it would have to be fair. Why is there such a difference here to the position on the continent? Read more22/06/16
What is Family Mediation?
When a couple separate, whether or not they are married, there will be issues they have to resolve. Sadly for many couples the emotional fallout from the breakdown of their relationship means it is too difficult for them to have these discussions without some third party intervention. Mediation may be the answer. Read more15/02/16
Living together – the reality behind the myth
The law relating to couples who live together is often not what it’s thought to be, many people wrongly believe they have the same rights as married couples. The idea of a common-law husband or wife is an urban myth. Read more14/01/16
Changing your name following divorce
Mark Leeson, a partner in our Family team, recently took part in the Julia George show on BBC Radio Kent answering questions about the legal issues of changing a name following divorce. Here is a summary of his advice. Read more
The importance of taking advice on your will structure
Paul Daniels’ son appears to be gearing up to bring a claim against his late father’s estate on the basis that his stepmother, Debbie McGee has not supported him financially since his father’s death in March, according to reports in The Telegraph this week. Read more06/01/15
When it comes to divorce, does age matter?
The simple answer to this question is yes the procedures and processes would be the same for both a couple with young children and a retired couple. Read more
"Empathised with my problems. Clear, trustworthy advice."
Jayne Martin (client)
"Mark steered me through the most complicated and hideous time of my life with calm, knowledgeable counsel. He made a big difference to the whole process."