Mark Piercy

Mark Piercy practised as a barrister for many years, specialising in all aspects of family law including finance and property issues in divorce proceedings, cohabitation property cases, children cases and inheritance claims. He has extensive experience of advisory work, drafting pre-nuptial and separation agreements, court proceedings and advocacy at all levels. He has appeared in a number of reported cases in the Family Division.

Mark has dual qualifications as solicitor and non-practising barrister, having been admitted as a solicitor in order to form the specialist firm of family lawyers, Piercy & Co, with his wife Vivien Piercy. He now practises exclusively as a solicitor with higher rights of audience as a solicitor advocate. He is a trained collaborative lawyer and an accredited specialist of Resolution.

Reported cases

Amongst the reported cases in which Mark has appeared as an advocate are the following:

P v P [2007] 2 FLR 439: Wardship jurisdiction concerning the temporary removal of children for the purpose of education

V v V (Contact: Implacable hostility) [2004] 2 FLR 851: a landmark case in which the High Court transferred residence to a father as a result of the mother’s repeated breaches of contact orders

Re B (Wasted costs: Abuse of process) [2001] 1 FLR 843

K and A (Local authority: Child maintenance) [1995] 1 FLR 688

W v W (A minor: Custody appeal) [1988] 2 FLR 505

Appointments and Memberships

Mark is a member of Lincoln’s Inn and the Inner Temple. He has appointments as legal adviser to the Institute of Actuaries and legal assessor to the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Health and Care Professions Council and the General Optical Council. He is an accredited specialist of Resolution with particular specialisms in Advocacy, Divorce Financial Provision, Cohabitation. Private Children Law and Financial Provision for Children. He is also a member of the Family Law Bar Association.


Mark has published articles in Family Law on the subject of Cohabitation and Property Rights and Intractable Contact Disputes. He has also lectured on family law issues and on evidence and procedure in contested proceedings.


Mark was a Scholar at Oxford University and is M.A (Oxon). He was a Hardwicke Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn. He was called to the Bar in 1976 and was admitted as a solicitor in 2007


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