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Practice Groups

  • Family

Areas of Expertise

  • Family
Mark Elliott

Mark Elliott

Call 2007

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Mark is a family law specialist with particular experience in matrimonial finance and private children disputes. Mark is able to accept instructions from members of the public under the Direct Access scheme. Before being called to the Bar, Mark served as an Army Officer and an Operations Officer with the United Nations. These roles provided valuable experience in negotiating and mediating in high-profile, high-pressure environments.

Mark regularly advises and represents clients in financial cases under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 and Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 as well as trusts of land cases, pre-nuptial agreements and other co-habitation disputes. Recently Mark has acted on a number of high net-worth cases involving material non-disclosure and assets outside of the jurisdiction.

Mark has considerable experience of private children cases including those involving difficult or demanding clients and/or litigants-in-person, complex fact-finding hearings, the appointment of guardians, leave to remove and risk of abduction (both within and outside of the jurisdiction).
Mark is happy to discuss aspects of a case prior to instruction.

Directory entries

Mark's expertise is recognised by both the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory and the Legal 500 Bar Directory:

"He is well regarded for his advocacy style, particularly when faced with challenging cases involving contentious medical evidence and vulnerable witnesses."
[Chambers and Partners UK Bar Directory 2015 - Family/Matrimonial Western Bar]

“Up and Coming Mark Elliott of 3PB Barristers – Lauded for his thorough preparation and attention to the details of a case. He is widely regarded as one to watch for the future. He acts on a broad range of family cases, including finance and children matters.”
[Chambers and Partners UK Bar Directory 2014 - Family/Matrimonial Western Bar]

“His attention to detail is phenomenal.”
[Chambers and Partners UK Bar Directory 2014 - Family/Matrimonial Western Bar]

Leading Junior Mark Elliott - “A calm and measured barrister, who quickly gets to the crux of the matter.”
[Legal 500 UK Bar Directory 2016 - Family & Children Law - Western Circuit]

“Family and children law – Leading juniors: Mark Elliott - Extensive knowledge of both financial remedy and Children Act matters”.
[Legal 500 UK Bar Directory 2015 - Family & Children Law - Western Circuit]

“Mark Elliott is recommended... for his expertise in the Western Circuit for his Family expertise at the Bar.”
[Legal 500 UK Bar Directory 2014 - Family & Children Law - Western Circuit]

“3PB’s Mark Elliott has ‘a fantastic ability to deal with very difficult litigants-in-person’.”
[Legal 500 UK Bar Directory 2014 - Family & Children Law - Western Circuit]

Recent Notable Cases

Re T [2015] EWCA Civ 453 – Appeal on behalf of grandparents. Resulted in general guidance from the Court of Appeal re grounds for granting a stay pending appeal. In handing down judgment, Lord Justice McFarlane stated inter alia: “Mr Elliott has conspicuously and very effectively stood up for the interests of the paternal grandparents in these proceedings.”

G v G [2015] (unreported) - Financial remedy proceedings for applicant wife. Multiple business assets owned by Husband. Prior to proceedings being issued annual turnover had been £12m. The final hearing involved cross-examination of a jointly instructed forensic accountant and the accountant who acted on behalf of two of the companies run by Husband. The court found that the Husband had failed to provide full disclosure, repeatedly breached orders, dissipated assets and deliberately run down the companies. Bulk of available assets awarded to the Wife and suspended order for sale made against the Husband’s home to ensure compliance. Costs order made against the Husband.

E v E [2015] (unreported) – Financial remedy proceedings for applicant wife. Husband self- employed and living abroad. Following a final hearing, findings made that Husband had misled the court, manipulated his finances and that his non-compliance with court orders and maintenance payments was “disgraceful” Husband’s home transferred outright to Wife (with a right to occupy) as security against future breaches by Husband.

S v B [2015] (unreported) - Private law proceedings on behalf of the Mother. Disclosures made by child that the Father had sexual abused him. Not supported by any physical evidence. Father alleged Mother was the cause of the disclosures. Local Authority involvement was very ineffective. Guardian instructed. Matter resolved by consent at a final hearing.

Re T [2015] EWCA Civ 606 – Representing the 3rd and 4th Respondent Guardians (9 children). General guidance given re delay and the need for updating information before handing down a delayed judgment.

See also

Practice Groups

  • Family

Areas of Expertise

  • Family


September 17 2015:

3PB’s expertise recognised by bumper rankings in Legal 500 Bar Directory 2015 more

September 16 2014:

3PB’s Family Law team - Bournemouth. Witness training workshop at Bournemouth County Court. more

September 10 2014:

Katherine Dunseath, Mark Elliott and Andrew Lorie spoke at the Family Law Conference more

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Academic Qualifications

BVC College of Law, London (Outstanding)

Highest Bar Final Result by a Lincoln's Inn student at the College of Law

LLB College of Law, London

GDL College of Law, Guildford (Commendation)

BA (Hons) Kings College, London


Buchanan Prize for academic achievement

Megarry Scholarship for Pupillage

Lord Denning Scholarship for BVC

Lord Haldane Scholarship for GDL

Hardwicke Scholarship from Lincoln's Inn

Professional Bodies

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Western Circuit