Mark is a highly regarded commercial lawyer who has considerable cross-border experience. Throughout his career he has been a judge; worked in-house; worked in private practice; built hedge funds; advised governments and run private- and public-sector organisations. The vast majority of his career has been spent identifying solutions, negotiating deals and cultivating commercial trust and confidence.

During his time in the Middle East, Mark was Chief Executive of the Dubai International Financial Centre’s Dispute Resolution Authority, Registrar of the DIFC Courts and a Small Claims Tribunal judge.

Mark is passionate about resolving problems: he is the Past President of the International Association of Court Administration, a visiting fellow at Oxford University in the sphere of reputation building and management, a member of the World Economic Forum’s expert network and sits on a number of governmental taskforces related to AI and justice.

Mark has twice been named in the ‘Top 50 influential Brits in the UAE’ by, identified as one of the 100 Inspiring Leaders in the Middle East by Arabian Business 2020 and recognised by Forbes Middle East as one of the top 50 most influential expats in the UAE.

  • Sir Anthony has sung his praises, noting how: 'I cannot even begin to say how fortunate the Courts were to recruit him or to describe the efficiency and above all vision and flair he has brought to the office of Registrar. Under his leadership the Courts' staff has become an effective team, and he is a powerful ambassador for the Courts in Dubai and the UAE and internationally. Allow me a nautical metaphor - his talents are now in full flood, and I simply commend him for what he has done and what he will certainly achieve in the future.

    Sir Anthony Evans, former Chief Justice of the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts

  • Perhaps the last important piece put into place, administratively, during these early years occurred in 2008 with the naming of Mark Beer as the judiciary's full-time, Dubai-based Registrar. In many ways Beer's appointment helped further elevate the global presence, power and prestige of the DIFC Courts. Over the years, Beer's reputation within the legal and business community has been stellar. He is thought of as brilliant, honest, charismatic and eloquent, and someone who is seen as having boundless, optimistic energy.

    Professor Jayanth Krishnan, Milt and Judi Stewart Professor of Law; Director, Milt and Judi Stewart Centre on the Global Legal Profession, Maurer School of Law, Indianan University in his book ‘The story of the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts’