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Mark Easton

Partner
+61.2.9513.2482
Fax +61.2.9513.2399

Mr. Easton has extensive experience in complex commercial disputes and litigation. He acts for a range of corporate clients in relation to the strategic management and resolution of commercial disputes with particular focus on the energy and resources, infrastructure, manufacturing, funds management and real estate industries. Clients describe him as an "extremely thorough" partner who "quickly becomes the master of the facts in any matter, converting that knowledge into sage recommendations in dispute resolution management and strategy" (Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017).

He has significant knowledge and experience in relation to disputes arising from corporate transactions, commercial contracts, joint ventures, resources and infrastructure projects, and intra-company disputes, including the enforcement of shareholder rights and directors' duties.

Mr. Easton regularly acts for clients in relation to the enforcement of contractual, statutory and equitable rights, including obtaining and resisting urgent injunctive relief.

Mr. Easton is experienced in all forms of alternative dispute resolution including mediation, arbitration and expert determination.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Easton was a Senior Associate and Solicitor Advocate at a large international commercial law firm in the UK. He spent significant time on secondment to BP's UK legal department where he gained experience in the energy and resources industry and valuable skills in assisting in-house lawyers to manage corporate expectations and to deliver and apply complex legal advice to executives.

Achievements

  • Listed as an up and coming Dispute Resolution lawyer in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Law Society of New South Wales member
  • Law Society of England & Wales, UK member
  • Law Society of Scotland, UK member

Speaking Engagements

  • 'Legal Professional Privilege and In-House Lawyers' – Sydney, February 2014 and March 2017.
  • 'Proportionate Liability and Commercial Contracts' – Australian Corporate Lawyers Association, Sydney, November 2013. 
  • 'Termination of Contracts – A Practical Guide' – Sydney, November 2013. 
  • 'Directors' Duties and Liabilities' – Sydney, November 2012.
  • 'Damages for breach of contract, liquidated damages and penalties' – Sydney and Melbourne, June 2012.
  • Acting for an international manufacturer of building products in defending a AUD1 billion product liability class action which included claims of negligence, negligent misstatement, negligent failure to warn and breach of statutory consumer laws. 
  • Acting for an international mining company in litigation concerning breach of contract against the operator of one of its Australian coal mines. 
  • Acting for a U.S. defence contractor in relation to a contractual dispute with the Australian Commonwealth Government in relation to the AUD340 million supply contract for a new defence communications system for the Australian Defence Force. 
  • Acting for the defendant in an AUD170 million fraud and misleading or deceptive conduct claim in relation to commercial real estate holdings. 
  • Advising Australian energy utility company in a dispute with the main contractor under a design and build contract arising from the failure of new power station plant. 
  • Advising a listed Australian coal mining company on derivative action and minority oppression proceedings by a shareholder arising from alleged breach of directors' duties. 
  • Acting for an international infrastructure engineering design company in defending litigation arising from the structural failure of new underground railway tunnel. 
  • Acting for a U.S. defence contractor in a dispute with the Australian Commonwealth Government and an Israeli subcontractor in relation to a defence project for an unmanned aerial vehicle for the Australian Defence Force.