Mark is a partner and head of the charities and education teams at Lupton Fawcett.
Mark is an experienced charity law solicitor and advises a broad range of charity clients from across the sector on the full spectrum of charity law matters including dealing with the Charity Commission as a regulator, providing governance and constitutional advice, new charity registrations, restructures including incorporations, mergers, and the establishment of group structures and trading subsidiaries. As part of the Ecclesiastical Law Department, Mark has particular expertise in advising faith-based charities.
As an education lawyer, Mark specialises in advising independent schools and academies. Mark has advised over 200 schools on conversion to academy status, advised on the establishment of over 30 new academy trusts and regularly advises on academy trust mergers, rebrokerages, making significant changes to academies, adopting new articles of association and funding agreements and academy/charity governance. Mark specialises in advising Church of England schools counting Diocesan Boards of Education, school site trustees and educational foundations amongst his clients. Mark advises independent schools on charity law and governance matters and for 7 years acted as the clerk of a further education college.
Mark is a member of the Charity Law Association and the Ecclesiastical Law Society and is recognised as a “Next Generation Partner” by Legal 500 for his charities work in Yorkshire and the Humber.
Away from work, Mark is a keen, if unsuccessful, cricketer and whenever time allows enjoys nothing better than a day at Headingley.
Mark is passionate about history; he reads widely on the subject and enjoys dragging his family around historic buildings and archaeological sites. Mark also spends a lot of time in the garden growing fruit and vegetables with varying success.