Samuel Marks


BarristerCall 2021

Samuel joined Chambers in January 2022 following successful completion of pupillage. He accepts instructions in all areas of family law, with a particular emphasis on public and private children and applications under the Family Law Act 1996.

 

Public law

Samuel has represented local authorities, parents, special guardians, and children’s guardians. He has been led in cases involving allegations of serious sexual abuse.

He frequently works in the Family Drug and Alcohol Court and has appeared before all levels of tribunal including Magistrates, the High Court, and the Court of Appeal.

 

Private law

Samuel is regularly instructed in all areas of private children work. Samuel has experience of acting on behalf of parents, family members, and special guardians.

 

Family Law Act

Samuel has both successfully made and resisted applications for injunctive relief under the Family Law Act 1996. At a recent hearing, he successfully obtained findings sought by his client, including coercive and controlling behaviour.

 

Other

Samuel would welcome instructions in Court of Protection work and maintains a keen interest in developments in this area of law.

 

Background

Samuel graduated from Oxford with a BA in Classics, where he was also JCR President of his college, before going on to study for a MA in History of War at King’s College London. Converting to the law, he took the GDL at the University of Law and the BPTC at BPP. During the former, he was awarded the prize of best individual mooter in the final of the annual mooting competition, held in the Royal Courts of Justice; in the latter, he received the highest mark in the Family Law module in his cohort.

 

Prior to pupillage, Samuel worked at several pro bono organisations and charities, including Advocate, assisting applicants seeking representation in family law matters; the City of London Appeals clinic, advising on a route of appeal for a conviction of murder to the Criminal Cases Review Commission; and IPSEA, appearing on behalf of parents, families, and young people before the First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability).

Family Law Bar Association

Human Rights Lawyers Association

Young Legal Aid Lawyers

Resolutions

Justice

Inner Temple Exhibition Award

BPTC Advocacy Scholarship

Classics BA, University of Oxford

History of War MA, King’s College London

Graduate Diploma in Law, The University of Law, London

Bar Professional Training Course, BPP, London