Mark Darian-Smith


Bachelor of Arts (Hons), University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Civil Law, Oxford University

Professional experience

Mark enjoyed a successful career conducting major commercial litigation and arbitration as a senior Partner at King & Wood Mallesons for 26 years following his admission as a solicitor in 1984. He was called to the Bar in 2019 and specialises in commercial law, equity and trusts, banking and financial services, building and construction law, real property, trade practices and competition.

Mark appears primarily in the Supreme Court of New South Wales (mainly in the Equity Division). He also appears in the Federal Court of Australia and in inferior courts, as well as tribunals, including the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT). Mark also has extensive experience in the resolution of disputes outside the court system, including international arbitration and mediation. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA). Complementing his practice as a barrister, Mark is fully qualified to sit as an arbitrator in domestic and international disputes, as well as a mediator.

As a senior Partner at a top-tier international law firm previously, Mark gained extensive experience in disputes across a diverse range of commercial sectors, having successfully conducted large-scale litigation at trial and appellate level on behalf of a wide variety of national and international clients. He is commended for his strategic input, strong leadership and interpersonal skills and provides considerable value when advising on contentious issues arising from disputes, having amassed these skills from his decades of experience in legal practice.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) from the University of Oxford. He also holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. Notably, he was awarded the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship for Law in recognition of his academic excellence.


NSW Bar Association

Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Fellow of Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration

Society of Construction Law