David’s practice is focused on the resolution of complex commercial disputes.
He provides advice, appears at trials and pre-trial hearings (both curial and arbitral), and in appeals and mediations.
Within his broad commercial practice, David has a particular focus on the areas of insolvency, contracts, equity, banking and finance, corporations, real property (including body corporate issues), intellectual property and professional negligence.
Prior to coming to the Bar he worked at Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons). He also served as the Associate to the Honourable Justice JS Douglas of the Supreme Court of Queensland. He holds the degrees of Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of International Business (with a focus on international finance and economics) from Griffith University.
David was called to the Bar in 2009, and is admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia.
David has been retained in a wide range of matters, including the following of note:
› acting for a large property developer defending a claim of a collateral contract stemming from precontractual negotiations (2016-2018);
› representing an electricity retailer in a complex contractual dispute with the owners of the power station (2018);
› urgently applying for injunctive relief before an arbitrator in Singapore to prevent one party to a large construction contract calling on bank guarantees (2018);
› appearing in the High Court of Australia for the Attorney-General for Queensland in a matter concerning s 118 of the Australian Constitution (2018);
› an estoppel claim based on a paternal encouragement in a very large farming enterprise (2017);
› a judicial review of a decision to grant approval to supply pharmaceutical benefits at premises in Tasmania (trial and appeal) (2017);
› a dispute over substantial royalties payable for the mining of iron ore in Western Australia (2014 – 2015);
› a dispute between a franchisor and a franchisee in a large international franchise (2012 – 2016);
› proceedings to recover an uncommercial transaction in excess of $210 million (2012 – 2015);
› acting for the corporate regulator in proceedings to disqualify persons from managing corporations;
› acting for the corporate regulator in proceedings concerning the collapse of large financial advisory firms (2012);
› representing a large international sugar miller in wide ranging and protracted disputes with its suppliers and its international marketing agency concerning futures trading losses in excess of $100 million (2012 – 2016).
Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession
2018 – ‘Recommended’ junior counsel for Insolvency (Queensland)
2018 – ‘Recommended’ junior counsel for Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Queensland)
2017 – ‘Recommended’ junior counsel for Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Queensland)
2015 – ‘Recommended’ junior counsel for Insolvency (Queensland)
2016-2018 Bar Council Member and Assistant Honorary Secretary, Bar Association of Queensland
Bar Association of Queensland
2009 Barrister (Brisbane)
2007 Solicitor, Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) (Brisbane)
2006 Associate to Justice JS Douglas, Supreme Court of Queensland (Brisbane)
2005 LLB (Hons), B Int Bus (Griffith)