Bucerius Law School / WHU Otto-Beisheim School of Management, Hamburg, GermanyMaster of Law and Business (class rank - 1st - ’outstanding’) (2008 - 2009)
Victoria University of Wellington, New ZealandBachelor of Laws (1999 - 2003)
Victoria University of Wellington, New ZealandBachelor of Commerce (1999 - 2001)
Kapiti College, New Zealand‘A’ Bursary (1998)
COLIN BIGGERS & PAISLEY LAWYERS, SYDNEY, Senior Associate
QUINN EMANUEL URQUHART & SULLIVAN LLP, LONDON
EVERSHEDS LLP, LONDON, Associate
Dr JULIAN D M LEW QC, 20 ESSEX STREET, LONDON, Assistant to international commercial arbitral tribunals1
THOMAS DEWAR SZIRANYI LETTS, LAWYERS, Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
Maintaining a broad commercial practice, Mark has been called to the Bars of New South Wales and New Zealand. He has also acquired considerable experience practising as a qualified solicitor in the United Kingdom.
Mark regularly appears in the Supreme Court, District Court and Local Courts of New South Wales, as well as the Courts of New Zealand. He appears as Counsel in a range of dispute resolution forums, including court litigation, arbitration and mediation. His principal areas of practice includes commercial law, equity / trusts, building and construction law, corporations law, insolvency, insurance law and professional negligence.
Mark has also acquired significant experience in the field of alternative dispute resolution and in particular, international arbitration, where he has appeared in matters concerning cross-border disputes. While practising law overseas, Mark also acted as Secretary to the Arbitral tribunal on large international commercial arbitrations that involved the world’s leading arbitrators and has written several articles on the topic of international arbitration for publication. Given the depth and breadth of Mark’s experience and dual calling to the Bars of New South Wales and New Zealand, he is well placed to accept briefs in matters concerning cross-Tasman disputes.
Mark is commended by his clients for his pragmatism, analytical skills and furnishing cost effective and efficient advice. He possesses a strong ability to distil complex matters into clear and understandable advice and has a demonstrated ability to identify key legal issues and articulate case law to form conclusions. Mark adds significant value to his clients by being flexible, timely and responsive.
Previously, Mark practised as a solicitor in a large commercial law firm in Sydney, predominantly in the area of insurance litigation, with a focus on professional indemnity. Prior experience also includes practising as a solicitor in the investment treaty and international commercial arbitration team of a large international commercial firm in London, as well as in New Zealand, primarily in the areas of criminal and commercial trials.
Mark holds a Master of Business and Law from the Bucerius Law School / WHU Otto-Beisheim School of Management in Hamburg Germany from which he received an award for the best overall student. He also holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.