Mark graduated with Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Canterbury (Christchurch) in 1993. He was admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 1994, and has over 20 years litigation experience.
In 2001 Mark completed a post-graduate degree in law, graduating with a Masters in Law (Honours) from the University of Auckland.
In 2012 Mark was admitted as a Fellow of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ), and as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) (London). In 2014 Mark was elected to the Council of AMINZ, and is currently one of 7 Council Members.
Mark has chambers in the Vero Centre at 48 Shortland Street, in the heart of Auckland’s legal and financial district.
Mark has specialist expertise in the areas of commercial litigation, property, and construction law.
As a commercial litigator he has represented some of New Zealand's leading companies in a wide range of commercial disputes. He regularly appears in the High Court in significant commercial litigation, including contract and tort claims, Companies Act and Securities Act disputes, Fair Trading Act claims, insolvency and banking litigation, injunction and search order proceedings, specific performance proceedings, and other high dollar value disputes.
In the area of property and construction law Mark regularly advises and represents some of New Zealand's most significant construction companies, property developers, and other professionals in the building and construction industry. He has extensive experience as counsel in arbitrations and adjudications, and advises parties on construction law and contractual issues. His arbitration practice also includes appointment as Arbitrator in commercial disputes, and as Adjudicator in adjudications under Construction Contracts Act.
Also within the field of construction law, Mark regularly represents parties, including home owners, developers, builders, architects and designers, and other building professionals in “leaky building” claims in the Courts and the Weathertight Homes Tribunal.
Mark is a Fellow (Arbitration) of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand, and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London), and is an active member of the Society for Construction Law. He sits as a member of the Auckland District Law Society Property Disputes Committee. He has presented widely on litigation, property and construction law issues.
Mark also has a growing interest and client following in wine industry law. He advises some of New Zealand's most well known wine producers on a range of commercial issues, including international distribution contracts, intellectual property, liquor licencing and advertising standards.
For work involving proceedings in the District and High Courts, or Court of Appeal or Supreme Court an instructing solicitor is required. For opinion work, appointments as Arbitrator or Adjudicator, or as Counsel in arbitrations, adjudications and in Tribunals, Mark is authorised by the New Zealand Law Society to accept instructions directly from clients.
BA, LLB University of Canterbury, 1993
LLM (Hons) University of Auckland 2001
Admitted as Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand 1994
Member of the Society of Construction Law New Zealand 2006 - current
Fellow (Arbitration) 2012 and Council Member 2014 - current of the Arbitrators & Mediators Institute of New Zealand
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London) 2012
Member of the Auckland District Law Society Property Disputes Committee 2010 - current
Member of the New Zealand Law Society National Friends Panel 2010 - current
Telephone: 09 379 6017
Mobile: 021 707 607
Level 31, Vero Centre, 48 Shortland Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010.
PO Box 535 Shortland Street, Auckland 1140.