Mark Wilks

Partner. Sydney.

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Mark Wilks

Mark Wilks’ skills in commercial litigation have earned him a leading position in "bet the company" and financial services cases.

He gets in amongst his clients’ businesses and, with a deep understanding of commercial drivers, provides strategic, poignant and innovative advice on commercial litigation matters.

Recognised as a leader in his field, Mark regularly appears on clients’ behalf before superior and appeal courts of Western Australia and New South Wales, including the High Court of Australia and in confidential commercial arbitrations.

He is also a noted insolvency lawyer. He has been involved in some of Australia’s largest insolvencies, advising banks, investors, creditors, trustee companies, directors and insolvency professionals, assisting them to mitigate risk and achieve the best possible outcomes.

Mark Wilks’ skills in commercial litigation have earned him a leading position in "bet the company" and financial services cases.

He gets in amongst his clients’ businesses and, with a deep understanding of commercial drivers, provides strategic, poignant and innovative advice on commercial litigation matters.

Recognised as a leader in his field, Mark regularly appears on clients’ behalf before superior and appeal courts of Western Australia and New South Wales, including the High Court of Australia and in confidential commercial arbitrations.

He is also a noted insolvency lawyer. He has been involved in some of Australia’s largest insolvencies, advising banks, investors, creditors, trustee companies, directors and insolvency professionals, assisting them to mitigate risk and achieve the best possible outcomes.

“Always has the client's best interests in mind... an invaluable member of the team” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
Mark Wilks

Mark's Expertise

  • Darrell Lea Acting for the administrators of an iconic Australian business and achieving a successful trade sale.
  • Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd Acting for HPPL in claims relating to its two largest mining assets.
  • BNY Mellon $700 million home loan litigation Acting for BNY Mellon in proceedings against RHG concerning the enforcement of security over a securitisation trust containing $700 million of home loans.
  • Perpetual Acting for Perpetual against liquidator of HIH New Zealand in relation to claims exceeding $250 million.
  • Australian Capital Reserve Acting for Trustco in the defence of class action proceedings brought over the collapse of Australian Capital Reserve.
  • Challenger Advising on the receivership of Force Corp including its asset realisation process and subsequent litigation.
  • BP Acted for BP in the High Court in Ringrow v BP (2005).
  • Fuji Xerox Acted for Fuji Xerox Australia in significant litigation with CSG Limited, its largest dealer.
  • Hastings Capital collapse Acting for the receivers and managers of Hastings Capital.
  • Domestic Gas Supplier Advising major domestic gas supplier on gas price arbitration.
  • Reed Constructions Acting for the liquidator of Reed Constructions on various preference claims and an insolvent trading claim.
  • BBY Acting for futures clients in relation to the collapse of stockbroker BBY.

Mark's Thinking

What others say

  • “Best Lawyer - Litigation” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2014-2017
  • “Best Lawyer - Alternative Dispute Resolution” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2013-2017
  • “Massively intelligent ... across everything and has the ability to get his hands dirty” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2016
  • “Clients praise his commercial acumen and ability to understand complex situations, with one commentator stating: At this point, I wouldn't think of taking any material commercial litigation elsewhere.” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2015
  • “Clients praise his ability to build a rapport and get to the heart of issues quickly” Chambers Global Guide, 2015
  • “Leading Lawyer - Dispute Resolution” Chambers Asia Pacific and Global Guides, 2009-2015
  • “Experienced litigator with a particular focus on financial services and insolvency-related disputes” Chambers Global Guide, 2013
  • “Highly networked, knowledgeable and commercially astute.” Legal 500, 2015 - Restructuring and Insolvency

Mark's Leadership

  • Insolvency Practitioners Association Member
  • INSOL International Member
  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth National Co-Chair of the Restructuring & Insolvency Group
  • Law Council of Australia Insolvency and Restructuring Subcommittee