Mark Heppinstall

Senior Solicitor, Ilkley

I cover all areas of family law with specific experience in divorce, separation, complex children cases and financial matters. I am noted for my no-nonsense and hands-on approach ensuring cases are resolved as swiftly and amicably as possible.

Areas of Expertise
  • Child Maintenance
  • Children Disputes
  • Children Issues
  • Civil Partnerships
  • Cohabiting Couples
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Financial Settlements
  • Freezing Injunctions
  • Grandparents' Rights
  • International Family Law
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Resolution Member
  • Separation Agreements
  • Surrogacy


Mark is a practical and robust family lawyer who has a no-nonsense and hands-on approach. He is sensible and down-to-Earth with a level head and an eye for detail. He has successfully acted for clients in respect of divorce and financial remedy proceedings and he helps to resolve children disputes in both litigated and non-litigated settings. He has also acted for separating parties who have entered into civil partnerships and represented unmarried, cohabiting couples, usually in respect of disputes concerning jointly held property. Mark has also represented those in contested court proceedings for non-molestation and occupation orders where occupation of the family home has been disputed.

Mark’s experience includes cases involving substantial income and capital, predominantly in this jurisdiction. However, he has also acted for clients in international settings – to include the United States, Canada, Europe, Cyprus, Australia and Spain amongst others. He has acted for clients in cases which involve complex financial, business and trust structures and he has drafted pre-nuptial, post-nuptial, cohabitation and separation agreements.

He has frequently advised clients who have not been able to reach agreement about a wide range of children issues to include their care and living arrangements, schooling and change of name disputes. In children cases, he has also advised clients in respect of internal and external relocation matters.

Mark is a member of Resolution, which promotes non-contentious divorce and separation.

Training & employment experience

Mark studied at the University of Bradford where he obtained a first class degree before converting to law and undertaking the Graduate Diploma in Law in Leeds. Mark completed his Legal Practice Course at BPP obtaining a distinction. He has specialised in Family Law for the majority of his legal career and he now practices exclusively in this area.

Early in Mark’s career, he spent time working on cases involving the Court of Protection and serious injuries. As a consequence, Mark has a particularly strong working knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act and this lends itself well to cases involving significant personal injury and trust assets.

Prior to commencing his training contract, Mark was self-employed as an advocate, exercising a right of audience before District Judges across England. This foundation has provided a solid footing for family practice.


My expertise in advising on complex financial remedies and private children law is recognised by Resolution’s specialist accreditation scheme.


Mark works with clients to quickly and empathetically understand their needs. He offers balanced, composed advice grounded in a thorough understanding of the legal system. Mark’s focus is on delivering results whilst not losing sight of the challenges that often accompany family law disputes.

Outside of work

Away from the office, Mark is an avid gym goer and he can often be found spending his weekends renovating the family home.

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