Current Member of counsel of the Victorian bar, Company director and author
Special counsel, KPMG Legal (head of Melbourne practice) and company director
Member of International Legal Services Advisory Council
Inaugural chairman, International Legal Section, Law Council of Australia
1985 - 2010
Board member Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration
1980 - 1989
Council member, Law Institute of Victoria
Partner Freehill, Hollingdale & Page and its predecessor firms in Melbourne
Board and committee appointments to private companies and professional bodies and teaching positions. A more detailed biography appears in Who's Who in Australia.
David has practised both as a barrister for 21 years and previously as a solicitor for many years on behalf of a wide range of commercial, trading, financial and individual clients . He appears before VCAT, County Court, Supreme Court, Fed Magistrates Court and Federal Court and other courts and tribunals. He also has a significant advice practice. He takes a strong interest in corporate affairs and the strategic direction of businesses and their response and risk exposure to disruption of traditional business activity caused by technological and other changes.
Representative cases - a list will be supplied upon request.
Memberships & Committees
Various publications and presentations in the fields of civil procedure, dispute resolution (including international dispute resolution), commercial law and legal practice. A representative selection is as follows:
Co author - Discovery and Interrogatories, Australia; 3rd Edn, Lexis Nexis
Author - Titles Discovery and Interrogatories, Halsburys Laws of Australia
'The Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards', paper presented to Australia-India Legal Conference, New Delhi 26-27 October 1996
'Confidentiality in Arbitration Proceedings', paper presented to Institute of Arbitrators annual conference, May 1994
'Banking and Finance - 1996-97 The Year of Regulation' paper delivered to the Annual Litigation Lawyers Conference, 19 June 1997
'Easements and restrictive covenants', paper presented to LAAMS Seminar on Pitfalls in Property Transactions, February 2002
'Affidavits', a paper presented to the Legalwise Commercial Litigation Workshop, February 2004
'Statutory demands, goals and requirements', a paper presented to the Television Education Network workshop, November 2004
'Electronic evidence - admissibility and other considerations' a discussion paper presented to the specialist litigation study group, Law Institute of Victoria, September 2006
“Effective Letters of Demand and Letters of Advice” presentation May 2018, for Leo Cussen Institute
‘Objections to the Admission of Evidence” presentation March 2020 for Television Education Network
‘Navigating Warranty and Indemnity Claims under Commercial contracts’, October 2020, presentation for Television Eduction Network
“Drafting Exclusion Clauses” presentation May 2020 for Television Education Network
‘Ethics of Legal Practice in a Changed World”, presentation September 2021 for Leo Cussen Institute
‘Financial Literacy for Lawyers’, presentation March 2022, for Television Education Network
‘Ethics in the Written Word”, presentation March 2022 for Television Education Network.