Mark is an acknowledged authority on the legislation and common law principles particular to local government, and has more general expertise in the areas of administrative law, contract law and the law of torts. He has been involved in a number of landmark cases and has been at the forefront in advising Victorian councils on issues arising from the post-restructuring environment.
Mark has developed strong bonds with leaders in government, with a client base that includes metropolitan, regional and rural councils and other statutory bodies. He lectures on Local Government Law in the postgraduate program at Monash University.
- administrative law generally (including procedural fairness)
- contracts and government tendering
- Councillor conduct
- drafting of subordinate legislation and other instruments
- freedom of information
- information privacy
- legislative interpretation
- Ombudsman and other investigations
- probity auditing
- protected disclosures
- tort generally (including defamation)
- valuations and rates
- Advising various State Government departments and agencies and most Victorian councils on issues of legislative interpretation and governance.
- Representing Victorian councils in the High Court in litigation over the rateability of telecommunication cables, in the Victorian Supreme Court in litigation over the rateability of gas pipelines and in the Victorian County Court in litigation over the rateability of advertising signs on CityLink.
- Representing Knox City Council in the High Court, in a case concerned with reasonably apprehended bias.
- Representing the Department of Treasury and Finance in two major Freedom of Information Applications for Review (concerning the Longford Gas Explosion, and Eastlink).
- Preparing contracts for a range of public sector clients, including contracts relating to Etihad Stadium, Melbourne Airport and various Commonwealth Games sites.