Principal areas of practice
Native title and Aboriginal heritage
Public law, government and local government law
Resources law including mining tenements
Planning law, land compensation, building, environment and project development law
Overview of professional experience
Mark has more than 20 years’ experience in various aspects of public law, native title and resources law. During the 1990s, Mark spent four years working with the Aboriginal Legal Service of WA working on Western Australia’s first litigated native title claim and advising his clients on Aboriginal heritage and negotiating mining agreements.
In 1998 Mark joined a national law firm, later becoming a partner and heading the Perth native title and local government practices. His practice is focused on the land access needs of his clients, including advising clients on complex government approvals processes; assisting clients to obtain necessary land tenure and mining tenements; and dealing with compulsory acquisition matters. Mark’s skills are in helping his clients optimise the value of their property assets through the complex web of planning, native title, Mining Act and other legal regimes which govern access to land and the use and development of property.
Where his preferred approach of negotiation and mediation proves unsuccessful, Mark also litigates in the State Administrative Tribunal, National Native Title Tribunal, Federal Court, Supreme Court and other courts and tribunals.
Mark holds a combined degree in Arts and Law from the University of Tasmania (1991)