Marc Mercier has a diverse background in the law and alternative dispute resolution in Queensland. Admitted as a Barrister-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Queensland and of the High Court of Australia, Marc specialises in Body Corporate law, commercial law, criminal and family law. Marc is also a Nationally Accredited Mediator through the Qld Bar Association Bond University and the University of Queensland and registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner through the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department.
As a springboard to his areas of practice, Marc draws upon his significant training and qualifications obtained through a Bachelor of Science (majoring in Anatomy, Physiology and Forensics), a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws (specialising in litigation and dispute management), all from the University of Queensland.
Initially, Marc commenced practice as a Barrister-at-Law, engaging as counsel on behalf of the Queensland Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, prosecuting a broad range of criminal matters, including confiscation of proceeds of crime, complex Supreme Court bail applications, sentencing and prosecution of serious offences.
Marc then commenced work at the Private Bar of Queensland as a Barrister-at-Law, undertaking a broad range of matters concerning commercial, property, industrial, family and criminal law. During this time, Marc also conducted mediations through his mediation practice, civil and criminal trials, and applications in a wide-range of jurisdictions.
In furtherance to a specialisation in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Marc was engaged in conciliation work at the Residential Tenancies Authority as a Senior Conciliator, and then as a Conciliator at the Office of the Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management.
During his position as Senior Conciliator in the Residential Tenancies Authority and Conciliator at the Office of the Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management, Marc gained expert knowledge of the respective legislation administered by those bodies and remains an expert in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Marc’s appointment within the Office of the Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management included the undertaking of complex conciliations concerning the jurisdiction of the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 (Qld), associated Regulation Modules and other closely-related legislation. Marc was also Manager of the Conciliation Service in the Office of the Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management for a period during 2007.
Following on from the Office of the Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management, Marc was appointed as Principal Conciliator for Queensland with the Anti-Discrimination Commission, where he had carriage of highly complex and media-sensitive matters, at times involving cross jurisdictional matters concerning Body Corporate law.
Understanding of the significant issues confronting Body Corporates in Queensland later convinced Marc of the need to establish a Body Corporate Management practice and a Body Corporate property development consultancy in parallel with his legal practice as a means of harnessing a more holistic approach in the Body Corporate and property industry. It is this broad industry-specific experience and high-level qualifications that has allowed Marc to elucidate cogent and incisive interpretation on Body Corporate Law through the practitioner text, Body Corporate Law in Queensland – Practice and Procedure.
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Marc is also the author of the legal practitioner textbook Body Corporate Law in Qld: Practice and Procedure which was released in April 2018 by the eminent legal publisher Wolters Kluwer CCH.
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