Mark Henley > Chambers of Richard Wright QC > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Richard Wright QC
Park Square Barristers
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Work Department

Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence, Family Finance and Regulatory & Public


Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence
Mark is an experienced personal injury practitioner.

He acts for solicitors throughout England, for both Claimants and Defendants.

He has a wide experience of very high value personal injury claims (values of over 1 million), and in particular fatal accident and traumatic brain injury cases.

He has acted in dozens of fatal accident cases.

In 2007, 2010 and 2015 Mark was appointed by the Attorney General as Junior Counsel to the Crown (Regional Panel).  He undertakes civil work for government departments, including the Ministry of Justice such as Inquests and in fatal asbestos cases.

Mark also acts for the MIB.

He acts in a broad range of personal injury cases, including:

  • Fatal accidents
  • Road traffic
  • Employer’s liability
  • Public liability
  • Industrial disease (including asbestos-related illness, industrial deafness, and HAVS)
  • Clinical negligence
  • Inquests (including Article 2, jury, inquests)

Family Finance
Mark is an experienced family finance and Trusts of Land practitioner.

He act in cases with a wide range of values (including cases which would formerly have qualified for public funding).

Before choosing to specialise in this area, he practised a number of years as a business and commercial barrister. This experience makes him the ideal choice for disputes involving businesses, partnerships and companies, complex accounts, and insolvency issues.

In 2007, 2010 and 2015 Mark was appointed by the Attorney General as Junior Counsel to the Crown (regional panel).

This allows him to be instructed by the Government Legal Service to undertake civil work for government departments and other publicly funded organisations: and, for example, he acts for

Mark specialises in financial disputes, and in particular:

  • Matrimonial property (all aspects, including enforcement).
  • Property disputes between cohabitants (ToLATA).
  • Claims under Schedule I of the Children Act.

He is instructed in family finance cases involving very substantial assets, including disputed company and partnership valuations, disputed company and partnership accounts, disputed pension valuations (including SIPPs), and farm assets.

He is also a qualified Family Mediator, with hundreds of hours of mediation experience, and acts as a mediator in both child and money disputes.

Regulatory & Public
Mark has 25 years experience of Inquest work: including deaths in custody, those arising from  accidents in the workplace, deaths in care homes and road traffic collisions. He has experience of jury Inquests and those where Article 2 is engaged.

Has acted for Government Departments in Inquest since 2007, when he was first appointed as Junior Counsel to the Crown (Regional Panel) by the Attorney General (reappointed in 2010 and in 2015, now Regional Panel A).


Call 1994

Treasury Counsel -currently Regional Panel A

Deputy District Judge


Treasury Counsel 2007-12; Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA).


Christ’s College, Cambridge (MA double first).

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Personal injury

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Mark Henley Park Square BarristersHighly experienced in industrial disease cases.

Zenith Chambers has a strong presence in personal injury work, acting for both claimants and defendants in a wide range of matters. Members of the ‘very strong‘ team are praised by clients for their ability to ‘feed off each other’s expertise‘. In a recent work example, Mark Henley   was instructed on behalf of the Ministry of Justice to defend a mesothelioma claim that was initially pleaded at over £1m.

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Family and children law

Park Square Barristers‘ family team is most notable for its work in complex care proceedings, though members are instructed across the full range of public and private law matters, including family finance. According to clients, the team is a ‘first-choice set‘ for family law matters on the circuit. Martin Todd joined the set from Dere Street Barristers in March 2019, along with Andrew Wilson, Mark Henley  and Ruwena Khan   – all from Zenith Chambers – in March 2020.