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Harbottle & Lewis





Family Lawyers


London, United Kingdom

Advice type

Complex family matters


Client types




Sector focus

Legal Advisory Services


Mark Irving


Spear's Review

‘We are now widely recognised within the industry as being one of the market leading practices right at the forefront of the work we do, handling the most complex and hard-fought cases,’ Mark Irving says of Harbottle & Lewis’s family law practice, which he joined in 2017.

Irving’s practice has yielded no shortage of highlights. He has acted as a trusted and confidential adviser to a litany of high-profile and wealthy individuals, going through divorce and financial proceedings, as well as in relation to ‘fiercely contested’ jurisdiction and Children Act proceedings. ‘The proudest part of the job is being referred by existing clients to their close friends, colleagues and family, when they also have legal problems and need advice,’ Irving tells Spear’s.

Adviser Profile

I work with my clients to achieve their specific objectives through the most effective strategies, focusing always on the outcome we are trying to secure. This inevitably involves employing different tactics in different cases. At the same time my approach is to minimize the “background noise” and the collateral damage to family relationships that is sadly so often a feature of litigious family law cases. I am very mindful that, beyond the lawyers, precious family relationships are at stake.

My style and approach is probably best summarized by some of the recent references and recommendations that I have received from clients and peers. Great communication, discretion and thoughtful and proactive strategies are at the heart of my approach.

Probably the most defining moment of my career was turning down an offer to qualify as a contentious construction lawyer, and qualifying as a family lawyer at the then leading family law practice in the country. Next was my decision to join Catherine Bedford at the media and entertainment firm, Lee & Thompson in 2013, where I took partnership in 2016 before moving to Harbottle & Lewis as partner in April 2017.

I enjoy advising clients from all walks of life and industries. Over the last 12 months, I have done a substantial amount of work advising clients in the technology space, also involving complex valuation issues. I work for clients across various sectors, from professionals, to business owners and entrepreneurs, to those in the entertainment industry, to offshore Trustees. I am able to call on the expertise of my colleagues in our specialist tax and private client team, as well as our leading reputation management team which often gives my clients a considerable strategic edge.

I practice exclusively in family law with a particular emphasis on financial and children work, as well as advising regularly on nuptial agreements. In addition, I hold a number of management positions at Harbottle & Lewis.

Rank: Recommended

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