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 2023 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.
22 Mar 22 to 09 Nov 22
In this seminar series, we look at the opportunities and issues for major infrastructure projects across a range of sectors, including health, housing and new energy. This seminar series is being offered in our Brisbane office and online. Registration for this seminar series is complimentary and now open.
07 Apr 22 to 10 Nov 22
More than ever, ports are vital nodes for an increasingly complex web of international trade and supply chains. Ports have become an increasing focus for security, environmental and competition regulation and their role and efficiency within global supply chains is being scrutinised by governments and industry alike. At the same time, ports find themselves at the forefront of the development and facilitation of alternative energy sources, often literally acting as the gatekeepers for the inflow of such technology and projects into Australia or out to the rest of the world. This series will look at how Australian ports might navigate these challenges and opportunities in 2022.
10 May 22 to 29 Nov 22
Holding Redlich is pleased to invite you to our 2022 Queensland local government seminar series which we have tailored specifically for mayors, councillors and Queensland local government employees including lawyers, town planners and compliance officers. These seminars will offer you insights, updates and practical tips from our experts on topics which we consider to be particularly relevant for local governments.