Mark was admitted as a solicitor in 2010, and has worked at the same firm since his admission. He previously volunteered at the Aboriginal Legal Service at Parramatta, which provided him with valuable insights into the way the criminal justice system impacts on Indigenous people.
Mark enjoys working in advocacy and in the courts, especially with legal aid work. He likes helping people from disadvantaged backgrounds and those facing significant challenges, such as drug and alcohol addiction and mental health problems. Mark also enjoys wills and estates work and assisting people to organise their affairs to avoid complications down the track.
He has been involved in some very challenging matters, including some where people have faced a loss of liberty through periods of custody or jail. Mark finds making a successful bail application and helping people to avoid jail time extremely satisfying.
As a solicitor, Mark tries to bring out the positive side of his clients and highlight this in their matters, particularly in court. He is honest in his advice and in dealing with opponents and the court. He values humour and connecting with people.
Before becoming a lawyer, Mark worked in the not-for-profit and social justice sector in media and communications roles. He spent twenty years as a television and radio journalist and reporter. He holds a science degree majoring in psychology and neurophysiology and an arts degree majoring in politics and Indigenous studies in addition to his legal qualifications.
Mark is kept busy outside of work with his two teenage children, and his involvement in the community. He is the vice-president of the local soccer club and was a scout leader for eight years. He also supports schools and the local gymnastics club, and teaches media and communications at TAFE.