EXECUTIVE COUNSEL & TEAM LEADER
Mark joined Harmers in 2017 and works across all of the firm’s practice areas.
Mark brings to the firm 20 years’ experience across environmental, criminal, administrative and employment law in both the private sector and government. He has also worked extensively overseas in human rights and justice sector development work for organisations including the UN and DFAT/AusAID. He was awarded the Overseas Humanitarian Service Medal for his work in this sector.
Mark graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Politics) and Laws Degree from the University of Tasmania in 1995, and has also trained as a barrister, practising at the South Australian Bar in criminal, employment and industrial matters including:
Whilst at the Bar, Mark advised clients, both plaintiff and respondent, on their rights and obligations under both State and Commonwealth industrial laws. He also represented clients in disciplinary complaints and hearings, unfair dismissal proceedings and bullying and harassment cases. He has appeared as counsel before a range of professional disciplinary bodies, administrative tribunals and the District Court, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.
Upon returning to New South Wales in 2014, Mark practiced in the employment law section of Avant Mutual, a leading medical defence organisation, where he represented medical practitioners in professional discipline and conduct matters, and subsequently, was an employment relations consultant for a firm advising small to medium business on employment law and workplace relations. In this role, he advised clients on executive employment contracts and enterprise agreements, occupational health and safety, workplace relations and other employment issues.
Mark has a particular interest in workplace investigations and advocacy, negotiation and alternative dispute resolution. He is a qualified mediator and dispute resolution practitioner with LEADR Australia; and is currently undertaking a Masters of Law at the University of Sydney to enhance his knowledge and expertise in these areas