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Educated in England at Eton College, where he was President of the Eton Society, Mark went on to qualify as a Solicitor in 1970 in the City of London. He joined the Merchant Bank, N. M. Rothschild & Sons Limited, where he worked closely with the Chairman, Lord Victor Rothschild KCMG GC at a time when he was Head of the UK Government Think Tank. Mark became a Director of Rothschild's Trust Companies and of its Guernsey Bank.
Since 1971, Mark has been concerned with offshore and international work and particularly taxation. He was Chairman of one of the UK's most successful provincial law firms and in developing its international practice became a regular visitor to Asia. He moved permanently to Hong Kong in 1995, when he was admitted as a Solicitor.
Mark has continued to develop his practice in the fields of international and comparative taxation, and estate planning and structuring. The scope of this work includes advising local and international banks and trust companies, as well as a number of individuals and families with global assets and interests - many of which are very substantial. He seeks to continually develop new, safe and innovative methods for meeting the needs of the institutions and families concerned.
In addition to his private client practice, Mark has acted as adviser to government and professional bodies on changes to trust and related laws in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore where he is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore.
Mark travels extensively in the course of his work and in particular developed the firm's practice through Singapore.
He also regularly lectures and provides training workshops on trust and tax issues to professionals and the public regionally. He has served on committees of both the Hong Kong Trustees Association and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and as a member of the international editorial board of STEP.
From 1998 to 2007 Mark was also a member of the Inland Revenue Board of Review of Hong Kong, hearing tax appeals in respect of corporate and personal tax matters.