Mark Johnston has a specialist commercial law practice with respect to large and complex litigation, particularly in relation to international arbitrations and court cases.
Mark’s clients have included international constructors and principals of large infrastructure projects, coal, oil and gas companies, and owners of major infrastructure.
He has appeared as a barrister and counsel in numerous large-scale arbitrations in London, Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, and worked on international arbitrations in Dubai, Spain and the UK.
Mark was recently the lead counsel and advocate for one of the world’s largest oil companies in a three-person panel arbitral hearing in London with respect to a claim in the order of $150 million concerning an LNG project.
Mark Johnston’s recent arbitrations in which he has appeared as a barrister and counsel include:
Mark was awarded dux and the University Medal in Law for the Bachelor of Laws after achieving a grade point average of 6.88 out of 7, in addition to over 10 law prizes for academic excellence. He also holds a Masters in Law (Commercial Law), a Masters in International Relations, a Bachelor of Arts (Management) and a Diploma in Chinese (Mandarin). Mark was awarded the James Archibald Douglas Prize for the Bar advocacy course. He is also a graduate of the Royal Military College and the Defence Force Academy, and he is an old-boy of St Joseph’s College.
Before being called to the independent Bar in April 2007, Mark worked as a lawyer for a top-tier law firm and as a Government lawyer. He was appointed a Special Adviser to the United Nations in East Timor, and received a United Nations’ Commendation for outstanding performance. Mark is also an ex-Cavalry officer with diverse experience including Troop Commander, Sabre Squadron Commander and Regimental Adjutant. He has served as a strategic-level analyst on China. Mark was formerly a qualified Chinese linguist for the Australian Government having completed the full-time Foreign Affairs language course (for which he was awarded dux). He had the unique opportunity to participate in the inaugural Government-sponsored instructor exchange in China which saw him live and work in China. Mark has been awarded the Australian Active Service Medal and a United Nations Medal.
Mark Johnston can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org