Consultant (Legal), Employment and Education Team
Telephone: 03000 41 65 92
- Law BA (Hons), Former Solicitor
Areas of practice
- Employment Law
- Education Law
- Data Protection/FOI
- Civil Litigation
- Judicial Review
Mark was educated at the University of Kent at Canterbury and completed his Law Society finals at the College of Law in Chester.
Mark qualified as a solicitor in 1991 after training in private practice. Mark joined Kent County Council in 1994 as part of the then employment and education team before becoming a senior solicitor in 2004. In December 2009 Mark decided to work part time and now works in an "in house counsel" role, often advising on complex legal issues or abstract areas of law.
Mark has a particular interest in TUPE and its application. Throughout his twenty years with Kent Legal Services, Mark has advised on the full range of issues concerning the public sector.
Mark has recently been advising upon the restructuring of public services in a climate of severe budget cuts with a view to ensuring that whilst the required savings can be made the public body concerned remains within the law. The areas upon which Mark has advised are as diverse as libraries, children centres, care provision, home to school transport and youth services. This has included advising upon the standard of service required, legitimate expectations, equality impact assessments, consultations processes and threatened judicial review. Mark has also advised, in relation to these areas, where required, upon policy and appeals mechanisms.
Mark has advised on a wide range of contract issues and upon building disputes and has experience of arbitration processes.
Mark has advised upon a wide variety of education related matters including the opening, closure of schools and extension of schools, upon academy transfers and has acted in matters concerning school expenditure and the removal of delegated powers.
Mark has advised on a wide range of employment law topics including, unfair dismissal claims, equal pay claims, restructurings, redundancies; disability, race, age and sex discrimination claims, breach of contract issues, industrial disputes and upon the outsourcing and in sourcing of services. Mark has advised on a number of highly complex TUPE matters and has undertaken presentations and written guidance upon TUPE and its application.
Mark has also advised upon numerous settlement agreements and COT3 agreements including high value agreements.
Mark has advised upon and successfully defended appeals to the Information Commissioner in relation to both the Freedom of Information and Data Protection legislation.
Recently Mark has been involved in the establishment of a database of all local government statutory powers and duties.
Mark also has substantial experience of the law relating to Fire Authorities, including disciplinary matters, resilience and contingency planning. Mark has advised the Police Authorities on matters such as Member discipline and senior officer terms and conditions. Mark has advised the Probation Services on numerous matters as diverse as employment, complaints and intellectual property rights.
Mark was formerly a school governor in a new voluntary aided primary school.
Mark always prides himself on engaging a problem from the client's perspective and believes the problems are better solved by giving a client options and solutions rather than simply telling them what the law says.