Mark is a leading Australian criminal lawyer and he was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2000. He has been a defence lawyer for most of his career, representing clients in Western Australia, interstate and overseas. He is a founding member of Albert Wolff Chambers.
Mark has acted for many well known personalities, including international art critic Robert Hughes, legendary Sydney nightclub identity Abe Saffron and iron-ore magnate Gina Rinehart. However, Mark is always ready to take on the case of every person brought before the courts.
He has appeared as counsel at two Royal Commissions, several inquiries before the Corruption and Crime Commission, and has also prosecuted criminal cases for the DPP.
In December 2006, Mark was appointed by the Australian Government to undertake a review of the legislation governing the Australian Crime Commission (now the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission).
He is co-chair of the criminal law standing committee of LAWASIA. In recent years, Mark has been an international observer reporting on human rights issues on behalf of several Australian and international law organisations.
Mark was a member of the legal team advising on the appeal against conviction of Myanmar nationals Zaw Lin and Wai Phyu sentenced to death for the murder of English backpackers at Koh Tao, Thailand (2016).
He also has represented the interests of the Geneva-based Inter-Parliamentary Union at notorious criminal trials in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. He is the author of three best-selling books about the trials and tribulations of former Malaysian deputy-prime minister and opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. His latest book is Anwar Returns: The Final Twist published in 2018 by Marshall Cavendish.
Mark practises in the following areas:
- Corruption and Crime Commission
- Coronial Inquiries
- Disciplinary Tribunals
- State Administrative Tribunal (SAT)
BA, BJuris, LLB
Western Australian Bar Association (elected 1989)
Law Society of Western Australia