David is a partner in our Workplace Relations for Employees Group. His areas of practice include:
David has had many successes in the Courts, however, he acknowledges that the best interest of the parties are often served by facilitating discussions between the parties, particularly in sexual harassment and discrimination cases.
David’s recent experience includes:
In addition, David has been involved in other high profile litigation for employees, including:
David has been involved in several leading discrimination claims. These include a race discrimination claim (Feres v Box Hill College of TAFE), a dispute over the closure of a school with special programs for indigenous students (Sinnappan & Foley v State of Victoria  1 VR 421 (the Northland Secondary College case)), and sexual harassment claims (such as State of Victoria v McKenna  140 IR 256). More recently David was involved in proceedings in the Federal Court and the High Court against the Commonwealth in relation to the remuneration of intellectually disabled workers.
With respect to disputes within organisations, David was involved in hard fought Federal Court litigation over the control of the not-for-profit organisation Ananda Marga in Australia (Ananda Marga Pracaraka Samgha Ltd v Tomar (No 6)  FCA 284). This case resulted in a successful outcome for David’s clients and an order for indemnity costs. More recently he has been involved in litigation on behalf of the Celtic Club in relation to the sale of its building. In addition to litigation, David provides advice on rules, disputes and regulatory matters.
David has, over many years, been involved in pro bono work. His experience includes several high profile cases where he has acted on behalf of refugees and Aboriginal people, including:
Recently, David settled a claim against the Commonwealth on behalf of nine Save the Children employees who were expelled from Nauru. The settlement involved compensation and a statement from the Commonwealth acknowledging that the clients had be wronged.
15 Mar 18 to 06 Dec 18 - Sydney
This series will equip you with the knowledge and tools to buy and/or sell better, will ensure you remain compliant in this increasingly regulated environment, and will maximise your chances of success and beat off the competition.
22 May 18 - Melbourne
In this seminar, we will outline how developers can protect themselves from unwanted surprises and ensure their development agreements and construction contracts do not lead to unexpected surprises.
22 May 2018 - Blog
#Workplace Relations & Safety
On 8 May 2018, the Victorian Parliament repealed the Long Service Leave Act 1992 (Vic) (Current Act) and passed the Long Service Act 2018 (Vic) (New Act). The New Act introduces key changes to Victorian employees’ long service leave entitlements including long-awaited reforms which are more favourable for parents.
15 May 2018 - Blog
#Workplace Relations & Safety
More than 750 chemicals have been added to the Hazardous Chemical Information System to update classification information available for manufacturers, importers, suppliers and end users. The update includes the addition of 755 chemicals and amendments to more than 600 currently listed chemicals
08 May 2018 - Blog
#Immigration Law, #Workplace Relations & Safety
If your business sponsors overseas workers, or may need to sponsor overseas workers in the future, you need to understand the new labour market testing requirement.