MARK
LOVE

Called to the Bar in 1979

Member of Gray’s Inn and Inner Temple

Head of Chambers since 1999

Mark Love commenced practice in a Common Law Chambers undertaking a wide variety of family, crime and general civil work. He has regularly lead junior members of the bar in family and criminal cases.

For the last decade his practice has been predominantly one of family law involving all aspects of the discipline.

Family Property disputes including Inheritance Act claims and contested probate.


Family financial matters including applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989, the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 and the Inheritance Act 1975.

He has been involved in ancillary relief proceedings involving a wide spectrum from modest needs based cases to those involving awards in excess of £20,000,000.


Public and Private Law applications under the Children Act 1989 and International Child Abduction both within and outside the Hague Convention and Domestic & International adoptions.

In care proceedings he has built up a particular expertise within the difficult and contentious area of serious non-accidental injuries, most recently having lead Lyndsey Sambrooks-Wright of his chambers for the Local Authority in LB of Islington v Al Alas and Wray [2012] EWHC 865 (Fam).

He regularly acts for Local Authorities, Parents and Children in care proceedings.

He also undertakes a limited number of criminal cases including regulatory criminal offences involving domestic and wild animals and other environmental issues for the prosecution and defence. This strand of his practice began with taking cases for the RSPB and culminated with his full time employment as the Legal Director of the RSPCA for some three years. He has continued his involvement with charities, through serving as a Trustee of the Mammal Society and for over twenty years he has been an honorary legal advisor to the British Trust for Ornithology. Despite the current lamentable attack upon publicly funded work Mark remains committed to acting for those who are vulnerable and qualify for financial legal assistance; in effect he currently views undertaking publicly funded work as akin to working on a pro-bono basis.

Qualifications: BSc Chemistry, University College London