Areas of Expertise

David has more than 30 years’ experience helping clients achieve better results in insurance litigation. He specialises in acting for defendants in asbestos, public liability and workers compensation.

David achieves positive results for his clients by focusing on the main issues rather than pursuing minor aspects of a case and he prepares for every case in a timely, thorough and cost-effective way. Clients often comment on the depth of David’s knowledge of insurance law, as well as for the efficient, practical and commercial approach he takes to contesting and resolving cases.

 

What David’s clients say

“David is a very focused litigator, able to resolve the central issues in a case with maximum efficiency.” - Senior Legal Counsel, BlueScope Steel Limited.

 

Qualifications/Memberships

  • Bachelor of Arts (University of Sydney)

  • Bachelor of Laws (University of Sydney)

  • Law Society of NSW

  • Australian Insurance Law Association

 

A word from David

"I always aim to achieve appropriate and cost-effective outcomes for my clients. In the aftermath of the collapse of HIH Insurance, I took particular satisfaction in achieving verdicts for some clients who were left uninsured against potentially very large claims."

 

Career highlights

  • Managing a large and complex portfolio of asbestos claims for Comcare and other clients, including in the High Court. This required thorough and accurate analysis in an urgent timeframe.

  • Managing BlueScope Steel’s public liability portfolio, including advising on complicated liability, insurance and cross-claim issues.

  • Being recognised as a leading Dust Diseases Lawyer in 2016 and 2017 by Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession.

  • Negotiating promptly and reasonably to help the NSW Department of Education resolve claims brought by injured pupils and contractors.

  • Advising NSW Police on managing and handling a wide range of intentional tort, public liability and hurt on duty claims. This involved carrying out detailed investigations and understanding police procedures and operations.

  • Overseeing a public liability portfolio for a major insurer client, with range of claims from catastrophic to minor.

 

Specific areas of focus

  • Asbestos claims

  • Public liability

  • Insurance law

  • Workers compensation

  • Risk management