Jonathan Marks, Baron Marks of Henley-on-Thames

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The Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames

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Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
11 January 2011
Life Peerage
Personal details
Jonathan Clive Marks

(1952-10-19) 19 October 1952 (age 66)
Political partySocial Democrats (1981–1988)
Liberal Democrats (1988–present)
Alma materUniversity College, Oxford
Inns of Court School of Law

Jonathan Clive Marks, Baron Marks of Henley-on-Thames, QC (born 19 October 1952)[1] is a British barrister and Liberal Democrat life peer in the House of Lords.[2]


Marks was educated at Harrow School and University College, Oxford.

He was called to the bar by Inner Temple in 1975. During the 1980s and early 1990s he was a visiting lecturer in advocacy at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, the University of Mauritius and Sri Lanka Law College. He was appointed QC in 1995 and continued in practice as a barrister. He has been a Freeman of the City of London since 1975 and is a member of the Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers.

Marks joined the Social Democratic Party on its foundation in 1981. He contested Weston-super-Mare at the 1983 general election and Falmouth and Camborne at the 1987 general election as well as Cornwall and Plymouth at the 1984 European election.

Following the creation of the Liberal Democrats, Marks served as a member of the party's Committee for England in 1988-9. He was a member of the Federal Policy Committee from 2004 to 2015 and was Chair of the Liberal Democrat Lawyers Association from 2001-7.

On 19 November 2010, it was announced that Marks would be created a Life Peer. He was created Baron Marks of Henley-on-Thames, of Henley-on-Thames in the County of Oxfordshire, on 11 January 2011.[3] Marks has served on the Defamation Bill Joint Committee and for three years on the House of Lords Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee. In 2012 he was appointed Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Justice in the House of Lords and in 2015 was appointed the Liberal Democrat Shadow Justice Secretary. He continues in post as the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Justice and speaks regularly on justice issues. He is the sponsor of a private members' bill to give rights to cohabiting couples on relationship breakdown and intestacy, the Cohabitation Rights Bill. (Cohabitation Rights Bill [HL])ref>""Henley boy" made Life Peer". Henley Standard. Archived from the original on 18 May 2014.</ref>

Personal life[edit]

Marks is married to Medina Marks and has seven children.[4] The family lives near Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 31 December 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "". Retrieved 31 May 2018. External link in |title= (help)
  3. ^ "No. 59671". The London Gazette. 14 January 2011. p. 523.
  4. ^ (24 January 2014). "Jonathan Marks". Retrieved 1 February 2018.