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Mark Hill KC

Year of call 1987

Year of Silk 2009  

Areas of Expertise
Business and Property Group, Mediation, Personal Injury

"An acknowledged expert in the niche area of religious liberty. A lawyer with many years experience of ecclesiastical law, he handles a number of cases involving Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights."

Chambers UK Leaders at the Bar 2011

"An acknowledged expert in ecclesiastical law. He regularly appears in Consistory Courts, the Court of Arches and various ecclesiastical tribunals"

Chambers UK Leaders at the Bar 2010

Since taking silk in 2009, Mark Hill has established a broad and varied common law practice with an emphasis on civil litigation and an acknowledged expertise in ecclesiastical law. His particular specialisms are judicial review, personal injury, costs and planning cases, and he is regularly retained in these practice areas both in an advisory capacity and as an advocate in the higher courts. He has an international reputation on matters of religious liberty and oft en acts in disputes involving faith communities. He is an accredited mediator, trained by the ADR Group, and is a Legal Assessor with the General Medical Council.


  • National Employers' Mutual Insurance Company Limited v Jones [1990] 1 AC 24, House of Lords
  • Pacific Associates v Baxter [1990] 1QB 993, Court of Appeal
  • Re Blagdon Cemetery [2002] Fam 299, Court of Arches
  • R (J and P) v West Sussex County Council [2002] 2 FLR 1192, High Court Sullivan J
  • Parochial Church Council of Aston Cantlow v Wallbank [2004] 1 AC 546, House of Lords
  • Stretch v United Kingdom (2004) 38 EHRR 12, European Court of Human Rights
  • R (Swindon Borough Council) v Swindon Justices [2004] EWHC 2240, Administrative Court
  • Kuenyehia v International Hospitals Group Limited (2006) Times, 17 February, Court of Appeal
  • R (on the application of HM Coroner) v Secretary of State for Justice [2009] EWHC 1974, Administrative Court, Laws LJ and Tugendhat J
  • Greater Manchester Police v Power [2009] UKEAT 0434, Employment Appeal Tribunal
  • Holliday v Musa [2010] EWCA Civ 335, Court of Appeal
  • His Holiness Sant Baba Jeet Singh Ji Maharaj v Singh [2010] EWHC 1294, High Court, Eady J Re Holy Trinity, Eccleshall [2010] 31 July, Court of Arches


  • Ecclesiastical Law, Third Edition (Oxford University Press, 2007)
  • English Canon Law (co-editor) (University of Wales Press, Cardiff 1998)
  • Religious Liberty and Human Rights (editor) (University of Wales Press, 2002)
  • Jowitt’s Dictionary of English Law (specialist contributing editor) (Sweet & Maxwell, 2010)
  • Butterworths Costs Service (editor of section on Counsel's Remuneration) (Butterworths, 2010)
  • Religion Law (International Encyclopaedia of Laws (Leuven, 2010)


  • Recorder on the Midland Circuit
  • Chancellor of the Diocese of Chichester
  • Chancellor of the Diocese in Europe
  • Deputy Chancellor of the Dioceses of York and Blackburn
  • Honorary Professor of Law, Centre for Law and Religion, Cardiff University
  • Editor of the Ecclesiastical Law Journal
  • Visiting Fellow, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge
  • Member of the Legal Advisory Commission of the General Synod of the Church of England


Mark Hill KC is a practising barrister, who is regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Details of information held by the BSB about him can be found here.

Mark Hill KC’s clerks will happily provide no obligation quotations for all the legal services that he provides. Their contact details can be found here. It is most common for him to attend  Courts, Tribunals and Mediations for a fixed brief fee plus a fee for each refresher day. Advisory work, paperwork and conferences are usually charged at an hourly rate. Mark Hill KC’s will typically return paperwork within 14 days, however professional commitments, complexity and volume of documentation can affect this approximate timescales.


Western Circuit (Executive Committee 1997 - 2002),
Personal Injury Bar Association,
Professional Negligence Bar association,
Human Rights Lawyers Association,
Ecclesiastical Law Society,
Anglican - Roman Catholic Colloquium of Canon Lawyers,
European Consortium for Church and State Research (Standing Committee since 2008),
Internationational Consortium for Law and Religion Studies,
Interfaith Legal Advisers Network


King's College, University of London(1983 - 1986) LLB, AKC; Cardiff University(1992 - 1994) LLM (Canon Law)

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