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Mark Wilks

Head of Commercial Litigation

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A leading litigator who is involved in some of the most valuable litigation in Australia involving assets worth billions of dollars, Mark has more than 20 years’ experience in ‘bet the company’ disputes, and is recognised as a market leader in this area.

His practice primarily focuses on financial services and resources, while his experience also spans a range of other areas including class actions and media. He has also been involved in some of Australia’s largest insolvencies, advising banks, investors, creditors, trustee companies, directors and insolvency professionals.

Mark regularly appears on his clients’ behalf before superior and appeal courts, including the High Court of Australia, and in confidential commercial arbitrations. He has consistently been listed as a leading lawyer by legal directories and publications including Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Best Lawyers.

Mark is a member of the Insolvency and Restructuring Subcommittee at the Law Council of Australia.

Key deals

Hancock Prospecting

Advising the Rinehart family’s flagship company in respect of multiple claims being brought by two family members and two commercial third parties, worth in excess of A$10 billion.

Wagners – Alan Jones

Acting for the prominent Wagner family in defamation proceedings against Macquarie Radio broadcaster Alan Jones in the largest defamation proceeding in Queensland history.

GST Class Actions

Acting for thousands of off-the-plan apartment purchasers in the ACT who were improperly charged GST by the vendor property developers. These claims are being funded by IMF Bentham Limited.

Perpetual/the Trust company

Acting for Perpetual/the Trust company defending a class action brought over the collapse of Australian Capital Reserve.