Prior to joining Meredith Connell Mark was a Crown Counsel at the Crown Law Office specialising in criminal trial and appellate advocacy, before moving to Sydney to practice commercial litigation at Freehills. He joined Meredith Connell in 2002.
As a lead Partner in Meredith Connell's private litigation practice, Mark now acts for a wide range of corporate clients and government bodies providing a full range of civil and commercial litigation advice and advocacy services. He is experienced in mediation and arbitration work and has specialist expertise in property and contractual disputes as well as insolvency litigation, particularly around directors' duties.
Acted for an overseas private equity fund in proceedings relating to significant contract related litigation involving property transactions of over $100 million arising out of the Kawarau Falls Station development failure (GDF LLP & Anor v Melveiw (Kawarua Falls Station Investments Limited) (In receivership)).
Mark is the Partner responsible for assisting the Ministry of Education to obtain recoveries in relation to any defective buildings in its portfolio. This programme is of national scale and involves multiple substantial claims for damages in the High Court.
Mark has acted on several of the major cases involving recoveries by liquidators for breaches of directors duties. In Morgenstern & Anor v Jeffreys an award of $3.49 million made by the High Court was upheld in the Court of Appeal. He was also lead counsel in Rowmata Holdings Limited (in liquidation) & Anor v Hildred & Ors where his clients successfully obtained significant judgments against the company directors.
LLB/BA (Criminology & Psychology), Victoria University of Wellington
M Phil, University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)