David is a consultant 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 has been listed in the Best Lawyers in Australia 2012 to 2021 edition for Labour and Employment Law. He is also recognised in the 2020 edition of Doyle's Guide as a leading lawyer in Employment (Employee & Trade Union Representation) for Victoria.
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.
08 Dec 20
Please join Bruce Wolpe, Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the United States Studies Centre, and National Managing Partner, Ian Robertson AO, for a special webinar presented by Bruce on how the US voted and why, post-election developments one month on, as well as the implications for the US-Australia relationship, and the outlook for US policy in our region.
10 Dec 20
Join partner Scott Alden and associate Victoria Gordon for an analysis of the top 10 current issues in tendering and procurement.