Profile submitted by Mark Harper
Divorce and family law, including advising on the treatment of trusts on divorce. Acting for trustees where one of their beneficiaries is involved in a divorce. International pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.
Law Society; Resolution; International Academy of Family Lawyers.
Mark Harper trained at Anthony Gold from 1986 - 88, qualifying in 1988 and later becoming the Head of the Family Department. He joined Withers as a partner in 1999, later becoming Global Family Practice Leader. He joined Hughes Fowler Carruthers in September 2014. Mark Harper was European Chapter President of the International Academy of Family Lawyers March 2014 - May 2016. Mark has acted in numerous reported cases, and in the leading authorities on the treatment of trusts on divorce, and the procedure to be used on divorce if there is a pre-nuptial agreement. Mark has been ranked as one of the top 10 family lawyers in Spear's Wealth Management's Family Law Index for five years and was described as "without doubt the best technician in London". Spear's have said "Mark has the intellectual rigour to outwit every opponent in a jurisdiction case" and "he does not care whose toes he treads on in pursuing his clients' objectives". Chambers 2018 characterise Mark as “an extraordinary technician” and “one of the foremost high net worth matrimonial finance practitioners at the London Bar.” Mark Harper is co-author of the leading textbook on the treatment of trusts on divorce: International Trust and Divorce Litigation (Second Edition), Jordans. Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, in a review of that book said, "this is a book which needs to be in the bookcase and in the briefcase of everyone involved on a divorce case with a trust element". Mark regularly lectures in offshore jurisdictions on a broad range of family law issues, especially trusts on divorce and pre-nuptial agreements.
Mark graduated with a History degree from Pembroke College, Oxford before moving to law. He has a keen interest in architecture and classic cars. He is Chairman of a company which runs five acres of Regency communal gardens in Brighton.