Mark Fowler is a Director of Neumann & Turnour Lawyers and supervises the property and commercial sections of the practice.
His areas of legal practice include property, with a particular focus on the affordable, community and social housing sectors, commercial law, and not-for-profit and charity law, including the law applying to international aid organisations.
Following several years working with indigenous communities in Malaysia, the Northern Territory and Queensland, Mark joined the firm to focus on advising commercial and business enterprises and not for profits.
In addition to his responsibilities at the firm, Mark is currently undertaking a PhD part-time at the University of Queensland, focusing on religious freedom and tax.
Bachelor of Laws, University of New England, 2003.
Bachelor of Natural Resource Management, University of New England, 2005 (Honours First Class).
Mark is also a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Queensland Law School. His research topic concerns religious freedom and tax frameworks.
Certificate of Admission, Northern Territory Supreme Court, 2005
Certificate of Admission, Supreme Court of Queensland, 2007
FELLOWSHIPS AND MEMBERSHIPS
Member of the Queensland Law Society
Member of the Christian Lawyers Society Queensland
Chair, CLEAR International Australia, a charity dedicated to improving access to justice in Africa in partnership with local lawyers
Appeals Officer, Australian Council for International Development
Member of the Australia Indonesia Business Council
Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Professional Users Group
Member of the Queensland Law Society Human Rights Working Group
CROSS CULTURAL ENGAGEMENTS
Basic Bahasa Malay - an understanding of the culture and the Malaysian approach to business was gained while residing in Malaysia in 2004. Mark worked in conjunction with the Malaysian Human Rights Commission, Malaysian Nature Society, University of New England's Centre for Environmental Dispute Resolution and a number of indigenous communities to create a dispute resolution system to peacefully resolve environmental conflicts.
Mark also contributed to a project of the United Nations Development Program and Center for International Environmental Law to create a system of land management for 40 indigenous communities.
Mark practiced in the Northern Territory from 2005 to 2007 advising traditional owners in commercial development.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Advising international aid organisations including on charity endorsements and reform
National Rental Affordability Scheme
Education and schools law
Anti-discrimination law and exemptions
Retirement villages and aged care
Government relations and funding contract negotiations
Joint ventures and partnerships
Commercial leasing, titles and conveyancing
Community titles and off-the-plan
Property matters related to family law settlements and estates
Land tax and stamp duty assessment and exemption
Expert determinations of compliance with the requirements imposed upon members of organisations, including under the applicable Constitution or Codes of Conduct
PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Mark is a regular presenter at housing and not-for-profit conferences. The following is a selection of Mark's presentations and publications:
Building Funds, Scholarships, Fundraising and Staff - Taxation Concerns in Schools' 2nd Annual Schools Law and Regulation Conference, April 2017
Public Benevolent Institutions and Anti-Discrimination Law - Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand, August 2016
Charities, Public Benevolent Institutions and Overseas Operations Australian Not-for-Profit Accountants Network Annual Conference, June 2016
Provision of Housing by Charities: The ACNC Commissioner's Interpretation Statement - Presentation with Murray Baird, Assistant Commissioner, General Counsel, Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, National Housing Conference - October 2015.
Ch 5.2, Charitable Housing – Update and Future Trends - The Australian Nonprofit Sector Legal Almanac 2014, pp 222-223 of the Almanac (pdf: pp 224-225).
Current Issues in Not-For-Profit Law: The Charities Act 2013 (and common law comparisons) - Presentation for Legalwise seminars Queensland Law Society - March 2014
Charity Housing - Joint presentation with Shirley Southgate, Director, Legal, Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, Australian Charity Law Association Conference - August 2014
Is there scope for expanding the definition of charity to include affordable housing? - Conference paper presented at 7th National Housing Conference - November 2012
Charity Reform and the Not-for-Profit Housing Sector - Presentation at Thomson Reuters Not-for-Profit Law and Regulation Conference - October 2012
Reform of the Charity Sector - Presentation at World Relief Australia annual conference - May 2012
Director’s Duties - Presentation at Christian Management Australia conference - December 2011
Managed Investment Schemes - 2nd Community Housing Federation of Australia National Affordable Housing Exchange - April 2011
Ch 5.2, National Rental Affordability Scheme - The Australian Nonprofit Sector Legal Almanac 2009
Headnotes - CCH Australian Law Reports - 2002