David’s practice is focused on the efficient resolution of all kinds of complex commercial disputes, but with 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.
He is regularly instructed to represent major corporate clients and insurers at trials and pre-trial hearings (both curial and arbitral), and in appeals and mediations. David has over a decade of experience in commercial litigation.
Prior to coming to the Bar David 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.
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.
- Representing an electricity retailer in a complex contractual dispute with the owners of the power station.
- Urgently applying for injunctive relief before an arbitrator in Singapore to prevent one party to a large construction contract calling on bank guarantees.
- A dispute over substantial royalties payable for the mining of iron ore in Western Australia.
- A dispute between a franchisor and a franchisee in a large international franchise about supply chain logistics.
- 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.
Corporate & Insolvency
- Proceedings to recover an uncommercial transaction in excess of $210 million.
- Proceedings to recover unfair preferences and director related transactions in the order of $20 million.
- 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.
- Seeking judicial directions and relief from personal liability for administrators appointed to a large group of pharmacies.
- Representing a bank seeking to recover loans made to investors in a large managed investments scheme which failed.
Judicial Review & Administrative
- Appearing in the High Court of Australia for the Attorney-General for Queensland in a matter concerning s 118 of the Australian Constitution.
- A judicial review of a decision to grant approval to supply pharmaceutical benefits at premises in Tasmania (trial and appeal).
Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession
2020 – Preeminent junior counsel for Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Australia)
2020 – Preeminent junior counsel for Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Queensland)
2019-20 – Leading junior counsel for Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Queensland)
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)
Australian Financial Review’s Best Lawyers®
2022 – Listed for Commercial and Insolvency and Reorganization Law
2021 – Listed for Insolvency and Reorganization Law
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)