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).
Mark is a member of FortyEight Shortland Barristers 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) and Council Member of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London). He is the convener 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.
Building and Construction Law
Land and Property Law
Fair Trading and Competition Law
Wine Industry Law
For work involving proceedings in the District Court, High Court, Court of Appeal or Supreme Court an instructing solicitor is required.
For advisory work, or appointments as Arbitrator or Adjudicator, Mark is authorised by the New Zealand Law Society to accept instructions directly from clients.
BA, LLB University of Canterbury, 1993
Admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, September 1994
LLM (Hons) University of Auckland 2001
Member of the Society of Construction Law New Zealand 2006 - current
Fellow (Arbitration) of the Arbitrators’ & Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand (FAMINZ Arb) 2012
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) 2012
Council Member of the Arbitrators’ & Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand 2014-2018
Member and current convener of the Auckland District Law Society Property Disputes Committee 2010-current
Telephone: 09 972 2057
Mobile: 021 707 607
FortyEight Shortland Barristers, Level 34, Vero Centre, 48 Shortland Street, Auckland 1010.
PO Box 535 Shortland Street, Auckland 1140.