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Mark is a senior associate in our dispute resolution team. He specialises in commercial litigation, insolvency, property and negligence disputes.

In the commercial arena, Mark advises clients involved in disputes regarding a wide range of issues, including contractual disputes, shareholder disagreements, insurance claims, and debt recovery matters.

Mark’s second speciality area is insolvency disputes. He has considerable experience in company liquidation applications, and he frequently advises both insolvency practitioners and corporate clients on a range of insolvency matters including the contentious area of voidable transactions, securities enforcement, priority disputes under the Personal Properties Securities Act 1999, and claims for reckless trading and breach of director’s duties. Mark also assists our construction team with construction matters that have an insolvency aspect or require enforcement proceedings.

Mark works with our property team on a range of property disputes, particularly leasing disputes between commercial landlords and tenants.

Mark also has experience in acting on claims against negligent valuers and defending negligence claims against contractors, building professionals, and solicitors.

Mark regularly appears as counsel in the High and District Courts and represents clients at mediations. Mark also helps clients manage and mitigate risk before litigation arises.

Admission date: 2003

EXPERIENCE

Mark has advised: 

  • A large overseas IT company in relation to alleged breach of contract and negligence claims against it arising from an IT project. The claim was successfully settled following a mediation and post mediation negotiations, averting adverse publicity and significant litigation for the client.
  • A commercial client alleged by one of its former contractors to have breached their contractor’s agreement.  A favourable settlement was reached following a mediation.
  • A large industrial tenant being sued by their landlord for repair and reinstatement costs in relation to their leased premises in Auckland. The landlord abandoned most of its claim against our client resulting in an advantageous settlement.
  • Successfully defending two liquidators opposing a High Court application by the director of the company to remove them from office as liquidators. 
  • Corporate restructuring advice to a large New Zealand company.
  • Negotiating a favourable settlement for a client faced with a large voidable transactions claim by a liquidator.
  • Presentations to the Auckland District Law Society CPD programme: Statutory Demands: Use & Abuse (2015) and Summary Judgment Toolkit (2016). 

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