Before coming to the Bar, Mark obtained a first class degree in Natural Sciences from Selwyn College Cambridge, being placed top in the University in the Part II examinations. He went on to complete a PhD in the quantum physics of LEDs before joining the UK Civil Service in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. While there, he qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant, twice being placed in the top ten globally in examinations. In the Civil Service, Mark was responsible for valuing complex financial assets, and acted as lead financial negotiator with HM Treasury. He completed his GDL and BPTC at City Law School, being graded Outstanding and winning the prestigious Senior Moot competition.
Away from work, Mark is a semi-professional cellist and orchestral conductor.