Mark completed a twenty year Army career in the Royal Logistic Corps as an officer gaining particular experience in delivering training, recruiting officers, project management, advising governments, operations and planning, and even running a string of British Forces Post Offices. Changing tack to pursue a career in the law, many of the skills learnt in the Army have proved directly transferable to this role.
He studied for his Graduate Diploma and Legal Practice Certificate at the University of Law in Bristol completing the latter with distinction. He trained at a full service law firm in the South West before starting at Goughs in the Family department and has a particular interest in, and an understanding of the effect that life in the military has when facing relationship upheaval or other related family law problems.
Where did you grow up?
Mostly in Northern Germany with two years in cold-war Berlin.
What was your first job?
Security vetting people employed to work with the Army overseas.
What are your hobbies?
Building and repairing PCs, Parkrun, making curry, drumming, Taekwondo, road cycling and learning new skills.
What is your favourite food?
Curry. I could eat it every day for every meal.
What is your favourite drink?
What is your favourite film?
I love the gangster/mafia genre. Goodfellas, Snatch, The Godfather series.
What is your favourite group/artist?
This varies by mood and moment! I listen to most types of music but not Hiphop or Rap.
What is your favourite book?
Shogun by James Clavell.
People willing to go the extra mile to achieve a better result
Inefficiency and the desire to do things the way they have always been done. Resistance to change is counter-productive.
Any personal ambitions?
To deliver the best professional advice to my clients to help them achieve the best outcome to which they are entitled in law. My current, specific goals are to reduce my park run times by 10% and lose the lockdown weight gain.