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Mark Garside

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  • King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford
  • University of Reading BA (Hons) History 2:1 awarded July 1988
  • Wolverhampton Polytechnic CPE 1988/9
  • Law Society Final Examination 1989/90


  • Family Law Bar Association

Areas of Work

  • Civil Litigation
  • Family
General Profile

Mark has particular interest in the history of art with particular emphasis on French painting from early nineteenth century.  His degree is in history, in the main political history and he has maintained that interest since graduation.  The late Georgian period is of special interest.

Mark attends, with his youngest son, local football matches from the premier league down to non-league football.  He enjoys most sports having played football, rugby and cricket.  Mark also enjoys the theatre and is a member of a film club.

Family Law

Mark has practised in family law since his call to the Bar in 1993.  He has particular experience of undertaking cases dealing with care proceedings and adoption and private law children applications.  He is also experienced in dealing with applications for financial relief on divorce.  

Prior to joining Chambers Mark practised extensively in family law at a leading set on the Midlands Circuit.

Care Proceedings and adoption

Mark has particular experience in cases involving having represented Local Authorities, parents and children.

  • Serious physical injuries
  • Sexual abuse
  • Neglect
  • Drug and alcohol dependency
  • Foreign adoptions

Private Law

Mark has experience of dealing with complex private law cases for parents and children including:

  • Living arrangements for children
  • Allegations of physical, sexual and emotional abuse
  • Parental alienation
  • Cases with an international element
  • Child abduction

Finance on Divorce

Mark has worked in this area since being called to the Bar.

  • Family cases
  • Cases involving consideration of business assets
  • Pension cases

He has a very personable approach with clients and prides himself on his high level of client care and negotiation skills.

Civil Litigation

Mark's practice covers a wide spectrum of personal injury work for both Claimants and Defendants, he is keen to further develop this area of his practice.

Mark is prepared to consider cases funded by CFA on a case by case basis.  Mark advises clients both on paper and in conference.

Conferences can be held in chambers or at locations suitable to the client.  Mark always aims to provide a swift turnaround of paperwiork.

Mark has a very personable approach with clients and prides himself on his high level of client care and negotiation skills. 

Mark Garside

Year of call: 1993

Inn: Inner Temple

Area: Civil Litigation

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