Mark joined the firm in March 2018 having worked in specialist local government and planning law practices in Sydney and the Illawarra for 15 years. He is a Law Society accredited specialist in Local Government and Planning Law.
Working for both government and private clients, Mark regularly provides opinions on various legal matters and litigation files. He appears in the Land and Environment Court and Local Court in relation to development appeals, tree disputes, claims for compensation relating to compulsory acquisition of land, judicial review proceedings, prosecutions for illegal development and other environmental/enforcement actions. His main area of focus is investigation, orders, civil enforcement and prosecution for breaches against a variety of environmental legislation.
Mark has in the past been a regular author of reports for the Environmental Law Reporter, a publication of the Environment and Planning Law Association (NSW). He has also presented workshops to local councils tailored to their training needs, as well as seminars to industry representatives on current issues within his areas of legal expertise which cover:
- Local Government Law: advising local government authorities on governance issues, functions and responsibilities under the Local Government Act 1993 and various other related legislation;
- Town Planning and Environmental Law: advising local government authorities, corporations and private individuals on development approval and assessment issues; advising prosecuting authorities concerning investigation for offences against environmental legislation. Prosecuting for offences against environmental and planning laws in the Local Court and the Land and Environment Court;
- Land and Environment Court: representing and appearing for government authorities, corporations and private individuals in proceedings concerning development applications, civil enforcement and prosecutions in the Land and Environment Court; and
- Administrative Law: advising local government clients on administrative law issues such as access to information, privacy and discrimination.