Mark is one of New Zealand’s leading commercial mediators, with a reputation for skill, determination, commerciality, and relatability.

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  • LLB (Hons) BA - University of Auckland, 1993


Mark is one of New Zealand’s leading commercial mediators, with a reputation for skill, determination, commerciality, and relatability.

He is the President of the Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand.

He won the Mediator of the Year Award at the 2019 New Zealand Law Awards.


From 1994-2004, Mark was a litigator at leading law firms in New Zealand and Ireland. He has been a barrister since 2005.

As counsel, Mark litigated a wide variety of civil disputes. He has appeared in the New Zealand High and District Courts many times, and in the Court of Appeal. He also has experience in the Employment Court, the Employment Authority, the Weathertight Homes Tribunal, the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, and the Coroners Court. He has acted in numerous arbitrations.

Mark also appeared many times as counsel in commercial mediations, experience which led to him becoming a commercial mediator.

His commercial mediation practice grew rapidly, and has been his full-time focus for some time.

Commercial Mediation

Mark completed the Mediating Disputes course at Harvard Law School. He is also Resolution Institute trained.

He is a Fellow of AMINZ. He is also a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators.

He has been an AMINZ Councillor since 2015. He was elected President in 2020.

Mark is on mediation panels for AMINZ, the Health and Disability Commission, the New Zealand Dispute Resolution Centre, the New Zealand Law Society Lawyers Complaints Service, Sports New Zealand's Sport and Recreation Complaints and Mediation Service, and the Weathertight Homes Tribunal.

He is a facilitator with the Greater Christchurch Claims Resolution Service.

He is on the AMINZ Rural List. As an experienced rural mediator, he has been heavily involved in submissions to Parliament on, and training others about, the Farm Debt Mediation Act 2019. He is an accredited FDMA Mediator.

He is an appointee on the World Intellectual Property Organisation Center’s List of Mediators. He is also on the AMINZ Intellectual Property List.

He has extensive experience successfully mediating disputes involving: general commercial issues (company, contract, debt, education, employment, finance, negligence, partnership, property, relationship property (family businesses)), construction, insurance, intellectual property, trusts and estates, rural and farm debt, earthquake, weathertightness, international and sports issues.

He has worked with international parties, and mediated cross-border issues.

Mark was the winner of the Resolution Institute's 2015 award for contribution to dispute resolution by an emerging practitioner. In 2016 he was awarded the AMINZ Ann Edge Memorial Award for Excellence in Fellowship Mediation and the Fellowship Mediation Prize.

Pro bono

Mark maintained a pro bono commitment to the Otara Citizens' Advice Bureau from the mid-90's to 2022.

He spent seven years as a trustee (with responsibility for finance) on the board of a decile one school in East Tamaki. He spent two years as a selector for Gymsports New Zealand (selecting athletes for Commonwealth Games and World Championships).

He mediates for the New Zealand Law Society Lawyers Complaints Service without charge, and undertakes other pro bono mediations.

He has been an AMINZ Councillor since 2015. He has championed various diversity and educational initiatives in these roles.

He has been an advocate for the greater use of mediation to resolve Canterbury Earthquakes disputes, and for a mediation scheme to be created in advance of future natural disasters. He has undertaken research, speaking engagements and advisory work in this regard.

He has been involved in various other charitable and pro bono work.


Mark has written and presented extensively, locally and internationally, on mediation, and other legal topics.

He has guest-lectured, and provided mediation skills coaching, at the Auckland University Law School.

He is a regular on the faculty of the AMINZ Mediation Skills Intensive course.

In 2019, he supervised the AMINZ Fellowship (Mediation) Assessment.

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  • AMINZ President, Fellow
  • International Academy of Mediators, Distinguished Fellow
  • NZBA
  • New Zealand Society of Construction Law
  • New Zealand Insurance Law Association
  • Auckland Medico-Legal Society
  • Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand