dr Mark Burton
Mark practises in commercial litigation, with a focus on contractual disputes and professional negligence; administrative law, with a focus on disciplinary proceedings; and government law, with a focus on proceeds of crime confiscation proceedings and criminal prosecutions.
Mark obtained his Juris Doctor degree at Melbourne Law School in 2015. Since then he has been a Board Member of Slavery Links, Australia, and made submissions to the Joint Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade’s Inquiry into Establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia.
Mark was a tutor in Criminal Law in La Trobe University’s Criminology course in 2017.
Prior to being admitted as an Australian Lawyer in 2016, Mark had significant careers in nursing, the Anglican Church of Australia, the Royal Australian Air Force and the Royal Australian Navy.
Mark was the first male to graduate as a registered general nurse from the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children in Sydney. He was a nursing officer with the RAAF, including at RAAF Butterworth Base in Malaysia. Mark undertook post-graduate training in operating theatre nursing and nursed in the Paediatric Cardiac Surgery Unit at the Royal Children’s Hospital, where in 1989 he was part of the team that conducted the first paediatric heart-lung transplant in Australia.
Mark was ordained priest in the Anglican Church in 1990, where he held various parish and diocesan appointments. He has served on the board of various private schools and charitable institutions in Victoria and Western Australia.
In 2001, Mark transferred from the Royal Australian Navy Reserve to Permanent Navy. He was Chaplain at the RAN Recruit school, HMAS Cerberusand served at sea in HM Australian Ships Melbourne, Adelaide and Kanimbla and on shore at HMAS Kuttabul.
Mark served in the Persian Gulf during the 2003 Iraq War and at Band Aceh and Nias for relief operations following the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.
In 2006 Mark was ordained as a bishop in the Diocese of Perth. He was Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne from 2008 – 2012.
Mark holds a Doctor of Theology, conferred in 2001, for his thesis, Speaking in Whispers: A Theological Response to the Holocaust with Special Reference to the Christian and Jewish Dialogue.
Commercial – particularly contractual disputes and professional negligence
Administrative Law – particularly disciplinary proceedings
Public Law – particularly confiscation of proceeds of crime and criminal prosecutions
Bachelor of Theology (Hons 1) (Australian College of Theology)
Juris Doctor (Melbourne); Grad Dip Legal Practice (Cussen)
Doctor of Theology (ACT)
Slavery Links Australia Inc (Board Member)
Officer of St John, Most Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem
Grace triumphant: a response to hell’, in The Melbourne Anglican, 2011; Review of JW Wilson, Christianity alongside Islam(Acorn Press, 2010) in The Melbourne Anglican, 2010; ‘Of dust and ashes: a whispered response’, in The Melbourne Anglican, 2009)
‘Nostra what? A very individual (Anglican) perspective’, Gesher, The Council of Christians and Jews (Victoria), 2015
Preface to Five Uneasy Pieces: Essays on Scripture and Sexuality (ATF, 2011); foreword by The Hon Michael Kirby, AC, CMG
‘Jürgen Moltmann’, Heroes of the Faith (Roland Ashby, ed; Garratt Publishing, 2015)
Speaking in whispers: a Christian response to the Holocaust, with special reference to the Christian and Jewish dialogue (ThD thesis, Australian College of Theology, 2001)