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Mark in 60 seconds

Mark is the partner responsible for managing our Brisbane office. He has broad experience in corporate restructuring, insolvency and banking and general commercial litigation. Mark specialises in resolving disputes, advising both banks and insolvency practitioners in relation to all aspects of the enforcement of securities and the realisation of distressed assets in Australia and internationally.

Mark has advised insolvency practitioners, secured and unsecured creditors including financial institutions and directors in relation to debt recovery, security enforcement, restructuring, formal insolvency procedures and dispute resolution throughout Australia and in Europe.

He takes pride in helping banks, financiers and their appointees implement practical strategies for resolving disputes, enforcing securities and realising distressed assets in Australia and internationally.

Mark regularly advises on secured creditors' rights, including undertaking complex security reviews and the intensive management of complex and sensitive debt positions.

Mark is sought out by clients involved in potential disputes who are concerned about protecting their reputation. He is experienced with alternative dispute resolution as well as appearing and instructing in the State and Federal Courts, including at Appellate level.

Mark has experience in many industry sectors including commercial, rural and residential property, hotels and leisure, retail, energy and resources (including mining services).

Qualifications

  • LLB
    BBus (Management)

    International experience

    Mark spent a number of years working in the highly respected insolvency litigation team at Dentons in London advising the major UK trading banks, financiers, insolvency practitioners and corporates, as well as the owner of an English Football Club in relation to a variety of litigious matters, complex restructuring, formal insolvency appointments and distressed debtor situations.

Independent Recognition

  • "Recommended Lawyer" in Restructuring and insolvency in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2015

Industry associations

  • Queensland Law Society
  • Banking and Financial Services Law Association
  • Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association
  • Turnaround Management Association

Mark's Recent Experience

Big 4 Australian Bank

Reviewed and advised on secured loans worth between $40m to $80m to a number of mining services company groups.

Major Regional Bank

Advised on the receivership of a complex group of companies which included childcare, retail and commercial property developments, high value residential property and pub assets for a bank and its receivers.

Major Regional Bank

Advised the Bank and receivers on all aspects of the receivership of a portfolio of retirement village assets which formed part of a failed high profile listed investment trust. This included resisting an application brought by the liquidators to prosecute a claim against the village managers which claim formed part of the bank's security in the Victorian courts.

PPB Advisory

Advising on the liquidation of Wickham Securities Limited - a high profile liquidation of a listed mortgage debenture company which has involved advising the liquidators on recoveries, potential claims and other complex issues.

Various Banks

Litigation for the major trading banks, including pursuing and defending claims involving debt recovery, enforcement of guarantees, possession of property, misleading and deceptive conduct, unconscionable conduct and breaches of the Code of Banking Practice in the Queensland, New South Wales and Victorian Supreme Courts.

Mark's Recent Insights

Insolvency Law Reforms – how they affect you

  • 10 May 2017

Australian insolvency laws have been criticised for precipitating value destruction and terminal decline in the life of a company.   To address this the Australian Government recently r...

Proposed industry funding model for registered liquidators warrants serious consideration

  • 30 Jan 2017

Fundamental aspects of the Federal Government's proposed industry funding model for ASIC's regulatory activities with respect to registered liquidators warrant serious consideration.In Nove...

Using statutory unconscionability to challenge no set-off clauses

  • 12 Dec 2016

Using statutory unconscionability to challenge no set-off clauses: Westpac Banking Corporation v Zilzie Pty Ltd & Ors[1]IntroductionOn 21 October 2016 Jackson J of the Supreme Court of Queensla...

Queensland business at greater risk of class actions

  • 15 Aug 2016

On 16 August 2016, the Queensland Government introduced a Bill to parliament to allow class action proceedings in Queensland. The move revives a Bill prepared by the Newman Government in 201...