Principal Solicitor
LLB (Hons), BA

Current practice

Mark's practice has a particular focus on assisting government with statutory approvals and powers in the delivery of government projects.  That practice includes regularly assisting authorities with land delivery (including compulsory acquisition and land compensation issues), and in dealing with planning, environment and heritage issues, and related matters.  Mark also assists government clients to understand and use powers under project delivery legislation.  

Mark also co-leads the Emergency Management Practice Group at VGSO and has expertise in a range of emergency management matters. 

Mark is an experienced practitioner in many other areas of administrative and public law, regularly providing legal advice and representing government in judicial review and other litigated matters.  

Experience

Mark regularly assists departments and agencies in land acquisition, compensation, valuation and related matters.  Mark has advised authorities on compulsory acquisition and compensation matters for a number of years, and has acted for acquiring authorities at VCAT and in the Supreme Court.  

Mark has assisted to deliver land for many agencies and authorities, including in the context of large transport projects (such as the City Link Tullamarine Freeway project, Western Highway duplication, and Level Crossing Removal projects).  Mark has also assisted government clients to deliver projects generally.  Roles have included identifying and advising about project delivery options and powers, such as under the Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act 2009, the Transport Integration Act 2010 and the Project Development and Construction Management Act 1994. 

Mark also regularly advises government in relation to planning, environment, Aboriginal heritage, built heritage, water and  related matters.  His experience in environmental law matters includes advice and litigation under Victorian and Commonwealth legislation.  He has also advised and assisted government in related areas, such as roads, water, and mining issues.

Mark has detailed knowledge of legal issues arising in the emergency management context.  Mark's experience ranges from the creation of community fire refuges, to the management of major emergencies such as fires and landslides, to the operation of the fire services property levy and to assisting whole of government responses to critical issues (such as fire risk at recycling facilities).

Mark has represented government in a number of judicial review proceedings in the Supreme Court.  That has included judicial review matters arising from high profile transport projects (such as East West Link, 'Skyrail', and Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel), and concerning decisions made under project, planning, environment, heritage and Aboriginal heritage legislation.

Mark has significant expertise and experience in statutory interpretation and administrative law.  The expertise has a particular focus on powers affecting private land or other rights, the use of executive power, and on matters concerning the imposition of fees and charges.  

In all areas, Mark provides clear, strategic advice, focussed on the particular needs of government, and assists government to identify solutions and to resolve complex issues.

Mark's work is always informed by a detailed understanding of the workings of Government, having commenced his career as a graduate and legal officer at the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department in Canberra. 

Memberships and professional associations

  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association