Principal Solicitor
LLB (Hons), BA

Current practice

Mark has particular expertise in assisting government with statutory approvals and powers in the delivery of government projects.  Mark regularly assists authorities with compulsory acquisition and land compensation issues, in dealing with planning, environment and heritage issues, and many related matters.  Mark also assists government clients to deliver projects, particularly in relation to their powers under project delivery legislation. 

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

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. 

Experience

Mark has significant experience in advising departments and agencies in varied and complex land acquisition, compensation, valuation and related matters.  Mark as acted for acquiring authorities in a number of proceedings at VCAT and in the Supreme Court. 

Mark has also assisted government clients to deliver projects generally.  Mark's 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 under Victorian and Commonwealth legislation.  He has also advised and assisted government in other related areas, such as with emergency management, natural resource, roads, and mining issues.

Mark has significant expertise and experience in statutory interpretation and administrative law generally.  Mark has provided clear, strategic legal advice on difficult issues of statutory interpretation.  Mark has also advised and represented decision makers in many administrative law matters, and applications for judicial review.

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