Mark has over 35 years professional experience and throughout this time, he has developed an extensive knowledge of the operation of Government. Mark works with the concepts of administrative law in its broadest form, examining the way in which the power devolves from Government and its methods of implementation and is frequently called upon to advise on concepts of natural justice and whether government proposals are within power.
Mark was rated as one of the four best Government Lawyers in Victoria in The Australian Financial Review’s Australia’s Best Lawyers Survey in 2011 and has been listed in Best Lawyers for Government every year since 2011. Mark is recommended for Government by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017, and is also been ranked by the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association as one of Australia’s best and was described as a ‘brilliant lawyer and exceptionally easy to work with’.
- Administrative law
- Dispute Resolution
- Government contracts and contractual analysis
- Procurement and tendering
- Strategic and commercial advice to government
- Statutory interpretation
- Preparing regulatory impact statements, preparation of drafting instructions to Parliamentary Council and the preparation of regulations, relevant to implementation of major tasks.
- Acting for Country Fire Authority and the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board in relation to negotiating and implementing the Intergraph contractual arrangements. These two authorities were commented on in the Auditor-General’s report as being the only government customers of Intergraph who properly managed the outsourcing of their computer aided and dispatch functions to Intergraph. In this role he has provided ongoing legal and strategic support to the MFESB and CFA, and has successfully resolved numerous ongoing disputes between those clients and Intergraph.
- Acting for the Victorian Department of Justice in relation to developing a whole of Government strategy on expiration of the term of the Intergraph contract and advising on:
- the existing Intergraph arrangements.
- possible options available to Government at the expiration of the Intergraph Contract.
- Advising on the outsourcing of infrastructure services and sale of government business including:
- the sale of MFESB and CFA’s alarm monitoring businesses including negotiations to Tyco International Limited.
- the re-organisation, and establishment of separate boards of management for a joint training facility run by the MFESB and CFA.
- Overseeing his client’s involvement in the Victorian Longford Royal Commission, and the MAS Royal Commission. In these roles, as with his role in the Intergraph transaction, Mark has been responsible for project management of transactions and/or proceedings respectively, including liaising in the development of appropriate IT to support these transactions and managing teams of lawyers and paralegals.
- Providing probity advice and audit on complex tender arrangements regarding multi-million dollar contracts.