Mark Brookes
Mark Brookes

Mark Brookes

Partner

About Mark

Mark is an expert in professional and directors’ and officers’ liability – acting as both coverage and defence counsel for some of the world’s largest insurers and their insureds for more than 30 years.

With specialist expertise in third party liability policies – including professional liability, directors’ and officers’ liability, medical malpractice, management liability and statutory liability – he advises insures on coverage and defends civil and regulatory proceedings and disciplinary complaints in the mutual interests of insurers and their insureds.

Mark’s practice primarily involves resolving complex, multi-party and high value disputes involving allegations of negligence, breach of contract, misconduct, fraud and Australian Consumer Law and Corporations Act breaches.

Mark is well known in the insurance and legal industries and to their key participants, including barristers, mediators and insurance brokers, and enjoys a reputation of being accessible, commercial, pragmatic and client focused.

He has acted on behalf of accountants, auditors, barristers, directors, financial advisers, insurance brokers, real estate agents, solicitors and valuers, and in the health sector: clinics, dentists, doctors, hospitals, nurses and various allied health care professionals.

With a considered and strategic approach designed to resolve disputes as quickly and cost-effectively as possible, Mark is enthusiastic about utilising mediations to achieve the most time and cost-effective outcome in a dispute. He also has extensive trial experience where a negotiated resolution is not possible.

Leading one of the largest and most experienced insurance teams in Queensland, Mark has received a number of awards including Lawyer of the Year for professional and legal malpractice litigation in 2021 and 2023. Mark also regularly contributes to the industry by publishing guides on professional liability and directors’ and officers’ liability, and is invited to speak to industry groups.

Having practised in multiple jurisdictions – including in London from 1994 until 2000 – Mark has strong relationships within and outside Australia, especially in the London market. He is also a trained mediator, a twenty-year committee member and past president of the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Professional Indemnity Group, a director of Insurance Law Global and a member of the Australian Insurance Law Association.

Mark's areas
of expertise and industry focus

Areas of expertise

Dispute Resolution
& Litigation

Arbitration & Mediation

Insurance

Class Actions

Dispute Resolution
& Litigation

Dispute Resolution & Litigation

Insurance

Insurance

Insurance

Professional Liability

Industry focus

Professional recognition

2025 – 2017

Best Lawyers in Australia – Alternative Dispute Resolution

2025 – 2017

Best Lawyers in Australia – Insurance Law

2025 – 2017

Best Lawyers in Australia – Professional Malpractice Litigation

2025 – 2017

Best Lawyers in Australia – Legal Malpractice Litigation

2023

Best Lawyers in Australia – Lawyer of the Year: Legal Malpractice Litigation

2021

Best Lawyers in Australia – Lawyer of the Year: Professional Malpractice Litigation

2021 – 2016

Doyle’s Guide – ‘Preeminent’ Leading Queensland Professional Indemnity Lawyer

2019 – 2015

Doyle’s Guide – Leading Queensland Professional Indemnity Lawyer

Latest insights by Mark

Revisiting the duty of utmost good faith (and a win for insurers)

1 February 2024
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Australian Civil Liability Guide (12th edition)

1 August 2023
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The NSW Court of Appeal Confirms the Scope of a Solicitor’s Duty to Advise Clients

3 March 2023
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The Peer Professional Opinion Defence

2 March 2023
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