Mark Henley

Year of call 1994


Mark is an experienced family finance and Trusts of Land practitioner.

He act in cases with a wide range of values (including cases which would formerly have qualified for public funding).

Before choosing to specialise in this area, he practised a number of years as a business and commercial barrister. This experience makes him the ideal choice for disputes involving businesses, partnerships and companies, complexe accounts, and insolvency issues.

In 2007, 2010 and 2015 Mark was appointed by the Attorney General as Junior Counsel to the Crown (regional panel).

This allows him to be instructed by the Government Legal Service to undertake civil work for government departments and other publicly funded organisations: and, for example, he acts for the Child Maintenance Service.

He is also a Family Mediator.


Mark specialises in financial disputes, and in particular:

  • Matrimonial property (all aspects, including enforcement).

  • Property disputes between cohabitants (ToLATA).

  • Claims under Schedule I of the Children Act.

He is instructed in family finance cases involving very substantial assets, including disputed company and partnership valuations, disputed company and partnership accounts, disputed pension valuations (including SIPPs), and farm assets.  

He is also a qualified Family Mediator, with hundreds of hours of mediation experience, and acts as a mediator in both child and money disputes. 


By way of example, his recent cases have included:

  • Very high value matrimonial disputes (including assets of up to £9 million).

  • Private companies, particularly for family businesses.

  • Discretionary family trusts.

  • The validity of alleged foreign marriage ceremonies disputes between former cohabitants of the business assets (as well as residential property).

  • Claims brought (simultaneously) under the Married Women’s Property Act and the Trusts of Land Act (including factual disputes as to engagement).

  • Claims brought (simultaneously) under both Schedule I of the Children Act and under the Trusts of Land Act.

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‘He has very good tactical nous.’

Legal 500 (2017)

'Has a thorough an meticulous eye’

Legal 500 (2019)