Rev'd Mark W. Smith Deputy Director, Corporate, Insolvency and Easter
Mark Smith has been a Government lawyer for 34 years, 22 of them at a senior level. He is a practising employed barrister having spent time in chambers and in a law centre before joining the civil service. His current role is leading the Corporate and Insolvency Team within the Government Legal Department team at BEIS (which includes advising the UK Insolvency Service on policy matters). He is very experienced in Bill work (recently the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020, the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022 and is currently working on the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill expected to be introduced later this Parliamentary session. He also an experienced international negotiator and is leading the UK delegation at UNCITRAL Working Group V (Insolvency) currently looking to develop guidance on applicable law and asset tracing. He is also Chair of the Preparatory Commission for the Mining, Agriculture and Construction (“MAC”) Protocol to the UNIDROIT Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment. He is an Anglican priest serving in a parish in the Diocese of Southwark. His government duties perhaps appropriately also include the law of Easter!