David has a broad national commercial practice with emphasis on complex construction and engineering disputes in the Supreme Court and arbitrations (international and domestic).
He was Chairman of the Construction Law Section of the Commercial Bar (Victoria) from 2014 - 2020.
David completely familiarises himself with the critical documents and facts to distil the core case thesis. He then works closely and harmoniously with his solicitors and the client to assist the team in the preparation for trial. He provides prompt responses to instructor’s requests for assistance / guidance.
David regularly accepts direct briefs from in-house counsel where it is appropriate to do so.
He has presented a number of CPDs and has lectured in international arbitration at the University of Melbourne (Masters). He has also contributed to the Building & Construction Law Journal.
Focus Areas + Select Cases
CPB Contractors Pty Ltd v Yarra Valley Water – Domestic arbitration in relation to contractual claims for variations and delays, and losses under the Consumer Law in connection with the design and installation of the Craigeburn sewerage transfer plant.EA Negri Pty Ltd v Lend Lease Services Pty Ltd– Supreme Court of Victoria (Technology Engineering & Construction List) proceeding in relation to the civil works at the Mortlake Power Station Project.
Hera Resources Pty Ltd v Gekko Systems Pty Ltd – New South Wales Supreme Court (Technology & Construction List) proceeding in relation to claims for defects and losses in connection with the design and installation of a gold processing plant in Broken Hill, NSW.
Hatch / SMEC Joint Venture v Adelaide Desalination Plant Joint Venture Contractors – Supreme Court of Victoria (Technology Engineering & Construction List) dispute in relation to the design of the Adelaide Desalination Plant including global claims for disruption / loss of productivity.
Hansen & Yuncken and Leighton Contractors Joint Venture v SA Health Partnership Nominees Pty Ltd – Dispute concerning Contractor’s claim for cost of remediating contamination at site for new $1.8B New Royal Adelaide Hospital (South Australia).Thiess Pty Ltd and Degremont Pty Ltd Joint Venture v AquaSure– Dispute concerning the Contractor’s claim for variations and time in connection with the construction of the $3.5B Victorian (Wonthaggi) Desalination Plant.