Mark Beer - President
Mark Beer is Chief Executive and Registrar of the DIFC Courts in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Mark is also a Judge of the Courts’ Small Claims Tribunal, Chairman of the Courts’ Users’ Committee, a Member of the Rules Subcommittee and Registrar of the Special Tribunal Related to Dubai World. In 2010 Mark was appointed for a year's term as a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the International Legal System and he is Vice-President of the Middle East for the International Association for Court Administration.
Under Mark's direction, the Courts have secured a reputation as one of the most efficient and advanced commercial courts in the world. He has overseen the launch of various judicial firsts for the Middle East, including a Code of Professional Conduct, a Pro Bono programme and a common law training academy. He has played a key role in the development of the Courts’ many formalised relationships with partner judicial systems in the region and beyond.
Mark has also overseen the implementation of an electronic case management system to enhance the efficiency of the Courts’ operations, making the DIFC Courts one of the first paperless courts in the world.
To increase understanding of the DIFC Courts within the UAE’s legal community, Mark, with the assistance of the resident Judges and the Courts’ team, has worked to establish a DIFC Courts’ Legal Practitioners’ Series that presents quarterly seminars and lectures on matters that concern the DIFC Courts’ working practices and related issues. He was also involved in the establishment of the DIFC Courts’ Academy, committed to training lawyers about the best practices for conducting litigation in common law courts such as the DIFC Courts.
Mark has played a key role in developing formal working relationships between the DIFC Courts and the other Courts in the UAE and internationally. In Dubai, he has been involved with formalising agreements covering enforcement and joint initiatives to promote training with the Dubai Courts. The DIFC Courts are an important component of the DIFC’s international business offering, and accordingly, Mark has represented the Courts to increase awareness of the DIFC’s world-class judicial framework.
Mark joined the DIFC Courts after five years working at MasterCard Worldwide in Dubai where he had served as the company’s Regional Legal Counsel for South Asia, Middle East and Africa and was later promoted to Vice President, heading MasterCard’s Government Relations and Corporate Services across the same region. Previously, Mark worked in the corporate finance team of Man Investments in Switzerland and prior to that in private practice both in the UK and the UAE.