David is best known for his criminal law trial advocacy, particularly in Commonwealth matters involving drugs, tax fraud and commercial crime. He has also appeared in proceeds of crime matters and in protective proceedings, both State and Federal, arising under serious offender and counter-terrorism legislation.

He has extensive experience in criminal trials across Australia, most recently in the Supreme Courts of New South Wales, Western Australia and Tasmania. He appears for both prosecution and defence. He has also appeared in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal in numerous matters.

David’s practice includes appearing in inquests and inquiries. On many occasions he has been counsel assisting the Independent Commission Against Corruption, the Police Integrity Commission and other statutory tribunals. He has advised and appeared for witnesses, affected persons and organisations before such tribunals and various Royal Commissions. He has also advised professional disciplinary bodies in New South Wales and Western Australia.

David has also practised in Competition and Consumer law, having appeared for the ACCC and advised others in takeover, misrepresentation and consumer protection matters.

David is known for his capacity to simplify the most complex of cases so that the tribunal, be it judge or jury, can efficiently come to grips with the relevant issues and make the best decision.

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