Mark Wilks

Head of Commercial Litigation



With more than 25 years’ experience in ‘bet the company’ disputes, Mark is one of Australia’s leading litigators and is involved in the most significant and valuable disputes in the country. He is head of commercial litigation at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, leading a team of over 30 partners and more than 150 lawyers.

Mark’s practice primarily focuses on financial services, technology and resources, while his experience also spans a range of other areas including class actions and defamation. He has also been involved in some of Australia’s largest insolvencies, advising banks, investors, creditors, trustee companies, directors and insolvency professionals.

Mark regularly appears on his clients’ behalf before superior and appeal courts, including the High Court of Australia, and in confidential commercial arbitrations.

He has consistently been listed as a leading lawyer by legal directories and publications including Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Best Lawyers.

Mark is a member of the Insolvency and Restructuring Subcommittee at the Law Council of Australia and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Key deals

Hancock Prospecting

Advising the Rinehart family’s flagship company in respect of multiple claims being brought by two family members and two commercial third parties, worth in excess of A$10 billion.

Wagners – Alan Jones

Acting for the prominent Wagner family in defamation proceedings against Macquarie Radio broadcaster Alan Jones in the largest defamation proceeding in Queensland history.

Perpetual/the Trust company

Acting for Perpetual/the Trust company defending a class action brought over the collapse of Australian Capital Reserve.