Mark has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience whilst acting in a range of commercial disputes.
In addition to his practice in building and construction law, since commencing practice at the Bar, now over 20 years ago, Mark has developed a general practice in commercial litigation.
Accordingly, he has acted in a range of commercial disputes including:
- property matters, including vendor purchaser disputes, lease disputes, and applications for relief against forfeiture, caveats and their removal;
- corporate insolvency and personal bankruptcy including statutory demands, termination of windings up, and bankruptcy notices and petitions;
- corporate matters generally;
- defence of claims of unfair dismissal;
- contract disputes generally;
- arbitration, including the registration of domestic arbitral awards, as well as advising upon the validity, under Australian law, of international arbitral awards for enforcement in overseas courts;
- the registration of foreign judgements in Queensland.
Mark has recently acted for:
- the directors and shareholders of a company, then in liquidation, in having the winding-up terminated and the company returned to their control, allowing accrued losses to be available for taxation accounting purposes;
- an employer in relation to an unfair dismissal claim and appeared on the employer’s behalf before Fair Work Australia, leading to the claim being later abandoned by the former employee;
- a contractor in relation to the exclusion of a key employee from a remote mining and engineering site.
- a large manufacturer of heavy industrial and excavation plant in lease dispute arising out of the Australian Competition and Consumer Law Act 2010 over a factory, in the Federal Court of Australia;
- a developer claiming compensation in the Supreme Court of Queensland from a neighbouring building owner, under the Property Law Act 1973 in respect of a subterranean encroachment;
- a company director in relation to allegations (which are denied strongly) in the Supreme Court of Queensland of deceptive and misleading conduct as well as deceit;
- property purchasers seeking title against a competing purchaser.