Mark Hands Wins IAFL European Chapter Annual Award for Young Family Lawyers
Midlands family law solicitor Mark Hands has won a prestigious international award for young family lawyers.
Based at Irwin Mitchell’s Birmingham office in the Divorce and Family Law team, Mark specialises in a variety of family related issues from straight forward divorce cases, to resolving complex financial and children matters that arise from separation.
His growing reputation has led to him being recognised by the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL) European Chapter winning their Annual Award for Young Family Lawyers that was open to both barristers and solicitors with up to 10 years qualified experience in family law.
The IAFL is a worldwide association of practicing lawyers who are recognised by their peers as the most experienced and skilled family law specialists in their respective countries.
The IAFL panel were highly impressed with the written legal advice Mark submitted about the disputes among separated parents over the relocation of children across international borders, and have invited him to their annual meeting in Amsterdam in May, where Mark will be presented with his award.
Mark said: "To be honest I am incredibly humbled to have received this award. I have to say I am very fortunate in so far as I am part of a fantastic team of lawyers and a firm whose reputation for success precedes them. As a firm we pride ourselves on offering first class advice in a cost effective way and this award provides some recognition of those values.
“From a wider perspective I am hopeful the award will represent another small step in bolstering Irwin Mitchell’s growing reputation in the international and domestic matrimonial arena. I would like to say a big thank you to all those who supported me and to my loyal clients from the Worcestershire and Midlands area”
Irwin Mitchell Family Law Partner Clare Wiseman said: “Mark certainly is an up and coming rising star and we are really pleased for him.
“The role as a family lawyer is to help clients with the emotional consequences as well as legal, and Mark shows that he is willing to put his clients first and help them through the difficult time in their lives.”