Howard Arthur Marks - founder of the firm

The law firm which was to become Marks Griffiths and Bova was founded by Howard Marks in 1944-45.
Howard Marks was born in Mudgee and started his career as an articled clerk with a law firm in Bombala.  He was admitted to practice as a solicitor on 13 March 1914, later opened a law practice in Bellingen then moved to Sydney with his wife, Ida, and their three sons. He practised as a solicitor in Sydney and then Campsie before moving to Manly.  The Law Society Almanac of 1945 first records his Manly law practice in Belgrave Street, Manly.

From 1947 to 1952 Mr Marks operated in partnership with another solicitor, Mr Lloyd Tilbury, who had served in the Army’s 2/6 Field Regiment with Mr Marks’ son Horace. 
Mr Tilbury had a distinguished history.  After being discharged from the army, and before becoming a solicitor, he had worked in the Department of External Affairs and served as Secretary to the Australian High Commissioner, Sir Iven Mackay, in New Delhi.  Lloyd Tilbury attended the Paris Peace Conference in 1946 with the Australian Delegation and had been at the Prime Ministers’ conference in London in May 1946 with Prime Minister, Ben Chifley.  He had also accompanied Dr Bert Evatt to a meeting of the Security Council in New York.


  In 1947, after leaving the Department of External Affairs, Lloyd Tilbury was admitted as a solicitor. He was elected inaugural president of the Manly Apex Club in the same year. He practised law for five years in partnership with Howard Marks, before moving to a 1,300 acre property between Armidale and Guyra and Lloyd to become a grazier.  A more detailed biography of Lloyd Tilbury. 

In 1956 Mr Ray Griffiths joined the firm, which became Howard A. Marks and Griffiths.

Mr Marks was one of the early members of Manly Civic Club and Manly Rotary Club. He was honoured with a testimonial dinner to mark fifty years as a solicitor before he retired at 75. However, he continued to work in the firm for another ten years as a consultant solicitor.

Howard A. Marks died at the Manly Vale Nursing Home on 20 February 1981, aged 93.  His son, Thomas Howard Copeland born 1914 died in December of the same year.  His son Horace Marks died on 16 July 2010 aged 93, one week before his 94th birthday. Tribute to Horace Marks.

Marks Griffiths and Bova still practises in many of the areas of law in which Mr Marks practised including family law, divorce law, wills and probate and conveyancing.

Mr Marks was one of the early members of Manly Civic Club and Manly Rotary Club