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Mark van Brakel

Partner

Perth

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Mark van Brakel

Partner

Perth

Mark is the head of the Asia-Pacific and Australian litigation practice and has extensive experience in complex and strategically significant litigation, international arbitration and contentious regulatory work. He has acted for leading corporations in the energy and resources sector in Australia on matters ranging from major engineering and project disputes, joint venture disputes and arbitrations, through to responding to regulatory investigations and associated civil penalty proceedings. He also acts regularly in director and shareholder disputes.

Mark has been voted by his peers as one of Australia’s Best Lawyers for Litigation since its inception in 2009, and across multiple categories including Alternative Dispute Resolution, International Arbitration, Regulatory, and ‘Bet the Company’ litigation. He has been voted as Western Australia's Alternative Dispute Resolution ""Lawyer of the Year"" for 2014, the International Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year” for 2015 and 2018, ""Lawyer of the Year"" for 2019 - Regulatory Practice.

He maintains rankings in all prominent directories including Chambers, Legal 500, and Doyles Guide where he ranks as “pre-eminent” for commercial litigation in Western Australia. He is also recognised as a National Leader for Arbitration and ranked for Commercial Litigation by Who's Who Legal: Australia & New Zealand 2022.

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Experience highlights

Office

Perth

Level 12, Exchange Tower, 2 The Esplanade
Perth
WA 6000

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted to practice in Western Australia, 1992

Admitted to practice in Federal and High Courts, 1994

Academic

Bachelor of Jurisprudence (1989) University of Western Australia

Bachelor of Laws (1990) University of Western Australia

Recognition

Awards & accolades

Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group of the Year

2018 Australian Disputes Centre

Arbitration Practitioner of the Year

2018 Australian Disputes Centre