Marcus is a lawyer who advises Commonwealth departments and agencies on major projects, corporate governance and administrative law. He is also the website editor.
What he does
Since joining the firm in October 2013, Marcus has worked in the Government Commercial & Administrative Law team providing a variety of services to a number of Commonwealth agencies.
Who he works with
Marcus works with a mix of Commonwealth departments and agencies.
Work done recently
Marcus has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree from the University of Western Australia. He is currently studying a Masters of Environmental Law at the Australian National University.
Life before Sparkes

Marcus brings a rare combination of legal, communication and policy skills to the firm.

A senior journalist at the Australian Financial Review for 10 years, Marcus was the paper's Legal Editor and also wrote on workplace relations and environmental issues. He also previously worked at the ABC and News Limited.

Between 2008 and 2010 Marcus worked at the highest level of the Federal Government as a senior advisor to the Federal Attorney-General. During this time, he worked on a range of legislative reforms, including the removal of discrimination against same-sex couples under Commonwealth laws, native title, Federal Court case management and access to justice initiatives.

He has previously worked in commercial litigation at Clayton Utz in Sydney and native title at Phillips Fox in Cairns. He also worked as a legal advisor to the WA Select Committee on Native Title Rights in 1998.

Life outside of Sparkes

Marcus continues to write and has had articles published in the Australian Financial Review, Business Spectator and The Drum on the ABC website. He also regularly appears as panellist on The Drum on ABC TV

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