David specialises in cases involving complex issues of fact and law ranging from class actions to criminal fraud proceedings.
He regularly accepts briefs to appear on behalf of insurers as well as insureds in subrogated property damage matters across all Victorian Courts and Tribunals. In crime, he appears in both prosecution and defence matters in the Magistrates’ and County Courts.
A selection of cases include the following:
Acting on behalf of a number of insurers and insureds in a bushfire class action trial seeking recovery of approximately $20m (junior to F Tiernan QC and with T Smyth);
Acting on behalf of a number of insurers in a suite of applications in the Supreme Court relating to the Court’s supervisory power to regulate class actions and their settlement (including Lenehan v Powercor  VSC 579 and Hawker v Powercor  VSC 661 – junior to P Solomon QC, Lenehan v Powercor (No 2)  VSC 159, Francis v Powercor and Lenehan v Powercor  VSC 836 and Francis v Powercor and Lenehan v Powercor (No 2)  VSC 877 - junior to L Armstrong QC); and
Successfully resisting an application for summary judgement in a negligence case involving complex issues relating to duty of care in negligence (Grant v Director of Housing  VCC 2065 – unled).
Advice and plea in the Magistrates Court and successfully resisting an appeal on sentence in the County Court on behalf of a company facing charges under the Environmental Protection Act (junior to P Connor QC);
Successfully resisting an appeal from the Director of Public Prosecutions on sentence in relation to a solicitor who misappropriated clients’ funds (DPP v Blackberry  VSCA 269 – junior to P Tiwana); and
Advice and plea on behalf of an accused charged with running a Ponzi Scheme, obtaining several million dollars (unled).
David also has a diverse pro bono practice. He has a particular interest in refugee law and regularly accepts briefs from Refugee Legal and others to act for clients in visa cancellation cases before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
Prior to coming to the Bar, David practiced for five years in the insurance litigation section at Hall & Wilcox, developing expertise in indemnity disputes and fraudulent claims. He also received valuable experience in international and criminal law while interning at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT/ECCC).
David also holds a Master of Laws from Melbourne University, which focused on international law, evidence and insurance.
David read with Justin Hannebery QC (now His Honour Judge Hannebery of the County Court). His senior mentor was Michael Whitten QC (now the Lord Chief Justice of the Kingdom of Tonga).