Mark is a Partner on our Commercial team and advises domestic and international clients on a range of complex technology law matters. He has a particular focus on the areas of software, e-commerce, and data security.
With deep subject matter knowledge and expertise in these fields, Mark regularly counsels major technology multinationals operating at the cutting-edge of law, finance, and technology. As an experienced contracts negotiator, he specialises in steering customers and suppliers through the legal challenges arising from transformative technology projects and global outsourcing arrangements.
A regular conference speaker, Mark is known as a thought leader in the Irish technology law sector and frequently provides expert commentary for leading media publications. A variety of organisations retain him to coach their staff on negotiating and winning better positions in their IT and software contracts.
As a member of the firm’s foreign direct investment (FDI) practice, Mark specialises in helping fast growing international companies establish operations in Ireland and providing on-going legal advice as their business develops.
Software development, licensing and reselling
E-commerce and fintech payment platforms
Cyber and IT security arrangements
IT and telecommunications managed services
Cloud hosting and software-as-a-service arrangements
Acting for a major financial institution on the complex multi-million euro outsourcing of its entire IT security function.
Advising a broadcaster on the procurement and implementation of a new core IT system for its HR and finance functions.
Advising a major financial institution on the data protection/GDPR aspects of a €2.1bn non-performing loan portfolio sale.
Drafting and negotiating a key turnkey systems development, supply and maintenance agreement for a government body.
Advising a major financial institution on the acquisition of a new IT system to administer consumer mortgages.
Advising a U.S. software security company on the roll-out of its European operations and related intragroup agreements, privacy policies, and end-user licences.
Advising a global telco on the outsourcing of its managed network services customer base.
Representing a vendor on the supply of managed international data and communications services to a global credit card company.
“An expert in technological matters” and “pragmatic and in tune with commercial realities”.
‘Managing Data in the Digital Era’, Social Innovation Education Fund, Dublin
Author of the Irish chapter of Thomson Reuters Data Privacy Advisor, November 2019
Co-author, ‘Data Security in the Food & Beverage Industry’, Checkout Magazine, May 2018
Author, ‘Impact of Brexit on data transfers by UK and European businesses’, Financier Worldwide magazine, November 2017
Author, ‘The Blockchain legal landscape’, BusinessPlus magazine, August 2017
Author, ‘Blockchain Technology: Emerging from the Shadows’, PLC Magazine, November 2016
Frequent expert contributor on fintech and privacy law for Financier Worldwide magazine
Society for Computers and Law (SCL)
International Technology Law Association
Fintech & Payments Association of Ireland (FPAI)
International Bar Association
University of Cambridge, MA Law
Bristol Law School, Legal professional training