David is a construction, infrastructure and projects disputes lawyer with a reputation for legal excellence, problem solving and quickly understanding legal and commercial issues, even in large matters. His background in mathematics and computer science means that he is adept with technical issues.

    An honours graduate and academic prize winner in law and a university medallist in computer science, David has over a decade’s construction and disputes experience, initially based in Brisbane and from 2012 in Sydney.

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    • Acting for a principal in an ICC arbitration against a head contractor for a gas pipeline, principally responsible for coordinating the defence to delay and disruption claims (of over AU$500 million), computer forensic issues and coordinating electronic hearing arrangements.
    • Acting for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission in substantial Supreme Court proceedings alleging dishonest misuse of over AU$120 million from a managed investment scheme.
    • Acting in Supreme Court proceedings about a disputed entitlement to call on unconditional performance bonds.
    • Advising customers about electricity regulatory issues.
    • Advising and acting for parties in both East Coast Model and West Coast Model security of payment processes.

    Education

    • The University of Queensland, LL.B., 2001
    • The University of Queensland, B.Sc. and University Medal, 2001

    Admissions

    • New South Wales, 2012
    • Queensland, 2003
    • High Court of Australia, 2003

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    • “Australia’s High Court provides guidance about when provisions will be penal”, Construction Law International, 2016.
    • Co-author, “The doctrine of penalties survives in England − but what is its future in Australia?” Australian Construction Law Newsletter, 2016.
    • Co-author, “The effect of Andrews v ANZ: Going beyond bank fees − it’s about performance too!” International Construction Law Review, 2013.
    • Co-author, Key contract clause precedents and notes, CCH Australian Contract Law Commentary.

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