Mark Powell QC


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029 2039 1082

Mark Powell QC is a Consultant and Head of Child Care within Hugh James.  He has extensive experience in advising clients in family law matters.

Mark sits as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Family Division and as a Recorder in the Crown and County Court.

He is a President of the Restricted Patient Panel of the Mental Health Review Tribunal in both England and Wales.

He is the Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Birmingham.


  • Crime
  • Family law
  • Child care and adoption
  • Mental health
  • Inquests

Career history

  • Trained: Treasures
  • Qualified: 1977
  • Partner at Hugh James since 1977
  • 2008 – Appointed Deputy High Court Judge sitting in the Family Division
  • 2006 – Appointed to the rank of Queen’s Counsel in 2006
  • 1995 – Appointed Recorder on the Wales and Chester Circuit
  • 1989 – Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand


Mark Powell QC is noted for his children law specialism and advocacy skills, and sources particularly admire his work on care proceedings.
Chambers UK

Mark Powell QC is a “very experienced” family lawyer with particular expertise in public and private children law matters.
Chambers UK


  • Rugby School
  • University College London, BA


  • French

What do you love most about your job?

The people I work with

What do you like to do outside work?

President of Ebbw Vale Rugby Football Club, French Leave and nautical activities.


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