Areas of Practice

Criminal Law
Inquests/Commissions of Inquiry/Statutory Tribunals

Contact Details

‘8 Petrie Terrace’
#2 Jacksons Building, 8 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane Q 4000, Australia

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P: +(617) 3369 7937
M: 0416 081 750
F: +(617) 3369 7098

Qualifications and Appointments

2000 Bachelor of Laws, Queensland University of Technology
2000 Admitted as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland
2002 Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia

Admitted as a Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory


Commonwealth Prosecutor


Senior Assistant Director, Commonwealth DPP, Darwin.


Barrister in private practice


Mark is a specialist criminal barrister. He appears in summary matters, trials and appeals and is available to provide investigation-stage advice. Mark has extensive experience in federal criminal law, regulatory and enforcement matters, proceeds of crime litigation, and state crime. 

Educated at QUT, Mark was admitted as a barrister in 2000 and spent 10 years in-house at the Commonwealth DPP.  He was a Senior Assistant Director for three years before joining the private Bar in January 2011.

Mark continues to accept prosecution briefs but has also established a reputation as a formidable and effective criminal defence barrister, especially in cross-border and transnational crime and regulatory matters.

Mark is based in Brisbane but accepts briefs from all states and territories, and the Asia-Pacific region.

Selected cases

Attorney-General for the State of Queensland v Jerome [2013] QSC 69
R v Alif; R v Amin; R v Zolmin [2012] QCA 355
R v Latif; ex parte Cth DPP [2012] QCA 278
R v Nitu [2012] QCA 224
R v Karabi [2012] QCA 47
Australian Fisheries Management Authority v Farrell [2010] NTMC 001
Australian Fisheries Authority v Kaka & Arsat [2009] NTMC 065
Oma v Hansen; Arifin v Hansen [2008] NTSC 34
Walker v The Queen [2008] NTCCA 7
Voyka v The Queen [2008] HCATrans 80
The Commonwealth Department of Public Prosecutions v Zhao [2006] QDC 377
R v Voyka [2006] QCA 493
MacCormack v The Queen [2005] QSC 49


Fees are by negotiation.  Mark will consider appearing pro bono in appropriate cases.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation