Mark Harper

HFC Law | Divorce lawyers London

Mark focuses on divorce and family law, in particular international cases and those involving trusts. He also deals with pre-nuptial and pre-civil partnership agreements.

Mark was ranked one of the top ten UK family lawyers in Spear’s Wealth Managements’ Family law index 2017, 2018, and 2019 and was described as “without doubt the best technician in London”.

He was also ranked in The Lawyer’s ‘Hot 100 lawyers’ under Family and Private Client and is listed among the Top 10 Family & Matrimonial Lawyers in Citywealth’s Leaders List and Spear’s Family Law Index’s ‘Top Flight Family Lawyers’.

Mark is the co-author of three leading textbooks on family law: International Trust and Divorce Litigation (Third Edition), Same Sex Marriage and Civil Partnership – The New Law, and Model Letters for Family Lawyers, all published by Jordans. Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, in a review of International Trust and Divorce Litigation 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 is a regular commentator on family law issues in the press and TV, having appeared on BBC News and Radio 4’s Today programme. He regularly lectures in England and in offshore jurisdictions on a broad range of family law issues, especially trusts on divorce and pre-nuptial agreements, and was the European Chapter President of the International Academy of Family Lawyers between 2014 and 2016.

Mark continues to have a strong presence in the UK’s top legal directories. Chambers UK 2020 reconfirms Mark’s Band 1 ranking and highlights his long-standing knowledge of trusts and particularly complex points of family law as well as his significant strength in multi-jurisdictional matters in Europe and beyond. Chambers HNW 2020 reconfirms his Band 1 ranking, noting he handles matrimonial cases, with particular expertise in international cases involving trusts” and also advises high net worth clients on pre- and post-nuptial agreements. The guide also praises Mark for being “one of those people who you know is thinking all the time, so he is strategising, he is calming the client. He is thinking about the next step and definitely top tier.” Chambers UK 2019 described him as an “outstanding” and “technically brilliant lawyer with great instincts” and reconfirmed his Band 1 ranking. Mark was also ranked Band 1 in Chambers HNW 2019. He was praised as a “very conscientious lawyer who thinks very deeply about cases and looks after his clients tremendously well”. Chambers HNW further remarked that Mark was “one of the best matrimonial lawyers in London” and that he has “profound knowledge” which is “critical to a client of a very high calibre”.

The Legal 500 2020 recognises Mark as a ‘Leading Individual’, describing him as a “sensible and constructive” highly regarded individual and “a brilliant lawyer who does the biggest cases”. The Legal 500 2019 described him as “magisterial in managing a team on a big case”, “unrivalled on trust issues” and “an exceptional and a fearless litigator”.

Mark has a keen interest in architecture, foreign travel and classic cars.

Mark studied at Pembroke College, Oxford and Guildhall University, London. He qualified as a solicitor in 1988 and was a partner at Withers from 1999 until September 2014, when he joined Hughes Fowler Carruthers.