Top Five Barristers
One of the greats of the family bar, Lewis Marks deals predominantly with cases surrounding the valuation and liquidation of assets in divorce proceedings. It’s an area which has been in constant flux since White v White (2000), the landmark case in which the courts were instructed to assume an equal division of matrimonial assets on divorce.
It can be a frustrating terrain to work in. ‘There’s too much of a strong tendency to think cash is the answer,’ says Marks. ‘How do you divide up a business which employs lots of people and give one party their share in cash? The answer is you can’t without destroying the business. The courts need to catch up, and a move away from cash is the next step.’
Who better to cope with these complications than Marks, of whom a peer says: ‘Marks is able to grasp the most complex issues extremely quickly and present them in a way which makes them look so simple… He is, quite simply, the best money QC.’
Despite the high praise, Marks remains modest and genuine. He says a good barrister must be well prepared, quick-thinking and articulate. Most importantly, though, ‘You need to be able explain to a judge why you’re right and your opponent’s wrong.’