Mark has been advising on native title and cultural heritage in Queensland since 1998. He has practised exclusively in this area for the last 18 years.
Before that Mark was a litigator. He has over 30 years of experience as a lawyer.
As well as representing local governments and developers, Mark has represented over 800 pastoral lessees in over 90 native title claims in Queensland. He works hard to minimise the potential adverse effects of a native title determination and has been involved in all the major consent determinations of native title in Queensland.
Native title legislation encourages consensual resolution of native title claims between landholders and those claiming native title rights. Mark acts to ensure the rights and interests recognised in a native title determination are capable of co-existing with the landholders' rights and that agreements concerning the co-existing rights are in place.
Mark has successfully negotiated over 250 indigenous land use agreements over pastoral land in Queensland covering access to and use of land by indigenous groups, native title holder consent to tenure upgrades and the surrender of native title.
Mark has negotiated cultural heritage management plans for developers and pastoralists.
Awards & Recognition
Best Lawyers Australia
- Native Title Law (2019-2023)
- Lawyer of the Year for Native Title Law (2022)
- Native title: Proponents – Band 3 (2015 & 2019-2022)
Doyle’s Guide Australia
- Native Title (Project Proponent Representation) – Recommended (2014-2019 & 2021)
- Admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland in November 1989
Memberships & Appointments
- Federal Court's Prioritisation Committee
- Mark served on this Committee which developed the prioritisation system for the conduct of all native title applications in Queensland.
- Queensland Law Society