David conducts litigation and manages and resolves disputes for a wide range of clients across various Australian jurisdictions.
Practising primarily in large and complex corporate and commercial matters, David’s areas of expertise include corporations law, infrastructure, competition and consumer law, franchising, advertising and marketing, information technology, and intellectual property.
Inducted as a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators in May 2014, David was first accredited as a mediator by LEADR in 1993 and was accredited under the Australian National Mediation Standards by the Accord Group when the Standards were introduced in 2009/09. David is on the panel of mediators maintained by LEADR, the Law Society of SA and the Commonwealth Office of the Franchising Mediation Advisor. He regularly acts as a mediator in a wide range of commercial disputes.
David is current Chair of the Law Council of Australia’s national Federal Court Liaison Committee, and its Federal Circuit Court Liaison Committee. He is a past Chair of the Federal Litigation Section (now the Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section) of the Law Council, and continuing member of the Section’s Executive.
David is a member of various competition and consumer law, franchising, and intellectual property law organisations, including the Franchising Council of Australia, the Licensing Executive Society (Australia and New Zealand), and the Communications and Media Law Association.
David is also registered as a legal adviser with the Advertising Standards Bureau. He is a past President and Honorary life member of the Australian Institute of Management (SA), and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
David has been recognised in the 2015 and 2016 editions of Doyle’s Guide as a leading lawyer in the area of commercial litigation and dispute resolution in South Australia, as well as being recognised by his peers in Best Lawyers in Australia in the areas of Litigation (2017 and 2018), and Alternative Dispute Resolution (2018).
Recent experience includes:
- Acted for international publicly listed company providing specialist subsea oil and gas construction services. This included conduct of Supreme Court proceedings following termination of a significant subsea pipeline contract in the Bass Strait.
- Acted and retained by major Australian advertising agencies for more than 30 years’ to provide advice on competition and consumer law, intellectual property, advertising self-regulation, and ethical issues.
- Advises and acts for national franchisors in State and Federal Courts on a range of franchising matters (and the mediation of numerous franchise disputes on appointment from the OFMA), development of franchising documents, and compliance systems.
- Advises and acts for international grain aggregators and exporters, including conduct of State and cross border disputes, joint venture disputes, trade practices/regulatory matters, financial services, commodities trading, and a wide range of other matters.