Lawyers mourn barrister shot by police

Family lawyers have expressed shock at the sudden death of barrister Mark Saunders, who was killed in a shoot out with police last night (6th May) in London’s expensive Chelsea district.

Details are still emerging about the incident, but it is believed Saunders began firing rounds at police and neighbours from his flat off the King’s Road just after 5pm.

The stand off, which lasted until 10pm, is thought to have been triggered by an argument between the specialist divorce barrister of QEB Chambers and his wife, Elizabeth, who is also a divorce barrister of the same set.

Today, a spokeswoman for QEB Chambers said it had “absolutely no understanding of what has happened”.

She added: “It is a huge tragedy for him and his family. We are unaware of the circumstances surrounding the incident and are yet to have his involvement confirmed by the police. It is an absolute tragedy.”

One senior divorce partner described Saunders as a “funny, charming, clever man who was so likeable. He will be deeply missed.”

Another said the news was ”absolutely shocking.”

Saunders had trained at Christ Church College before joining QEB Chambers in 1998.

His wife Elizabeth, who uses her maiden name Clarke professionally, is known for her work on high value divorce cases. She was called to the bar in 1991.