Areas of Expertise

Mark is an Accredited Specialist in Employment and Industrial Law with more than three decades experience. He helps public sector and private clients resolve knotty workplace disputes, and also advises employees with complex employment challenges.

Mark’s work ranges from finding a practical solution to an immediate workplace crisis, all the way to the considered arguments of a High Court hearing. He knows that the workplace is dynamic and that success comes from not just understanding the facts but also anticipating what might happen. That means his approach is to use his extensive experience to identify and deal with problems before they arise, point out the options and propose the way forward.


What Mark’s clients say

”Great result, better than expected, for less money, and everybody’s happy”. Director – Sales and Distribution client

 

Qualifications/Positions/Memberships

  • Accredited Specialist – Employment and Industrial Law

  • Bachelor of Commerce, Industrial Relations (Hons) (UNSW)

  • Masters of Law (University of Sydney)

  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and High Court of Australia

  • Chair -

    • Professional Standards Committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of NSW

    • Professional Standards Committee of the Medical Council of NSW

    • Kingsford Legal Centre Pro Bono Employment Law Clinic – participating mentor

  • Member -

    • Industrial Relations Society of New South Wales

    • Australian Human Resources Institute

 
A word from Mark

"Working at Bartier Perry has taught me the great benefit of building enduring relationships, not only with clients, but also with my professional colleagues. That approach means we better understand the concerns of our clients, and we can help in ways that make a difference. I count it a success when a client says, “Thanks, we’ve avoided a problem, and can now get on with our business”.

 

Career highlights

  • Successfully defending four finance brokers accused by their former employer of breaching their restraint of trade obligation in a hard fought Supreme Court litigation, and establishing the limits of “same terms and conditions” on transfer of employment.

  • Appearing for the Commissioner of Police over the removal of a police officer for poor performance. The claim went all the way to the High Court, and was successful but not until after five different hearings, each involving careful review of complex aspects of public sector employment law.

  • Working with a not-for-profit to develop a strategy to respond to changing workplace requirements in the new NDIS environment, and responding to industrial disputes, challenges to the restructure, and a number of unfair dismissal claims – all resolved, with a way forward.

  • Representing a public authority in a challenge to access for contentious documents, and establishing, at hearing, the limits to reasonable search.

  • Running the discrimination case that led to the end of the cane in schools.  We asked the question: “If it’s so good for the boys, when will you start caning the girls?”

  • Mark received recognition in the 2017 Doyles Guide as a 'Recommended' Lawyer in the category of Leading Employment Lawyer.

 

Specific areas of focus

Advocacy: Representing clients in hearing before courts and tribunals.

Public sector: Including advising NSW Health on the appointment and management of visiting practitioners in New South Wales public hospitals. 

Discrimination: Understanding the impact of discrimination law in the workplace, and the overlay of workers compensation – dealing with the long term injured. 

Workplace strategies: Working with chief executives and senior managers to develop problem-specific strategies that lay the foundations for better practice and management.