Managing Principal Solicitor

David is a workplace relations specialist with developed expertise in industrial relations and employment law, including anti-discrimination and occupational health and safety law.

Throughout David's career he has been responsible for the conduct of various general employment, industrial relations, occupational health and safety and anti-discrimination litigation across all key jurisdictions. He also has experience in advising on the drafting and implementation of workplace policies, including anti-discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying policies, and frequently assists with the progress of grievance procedures and internal investigations. He regularly conducts and appears in employment, industrial relations and anti-discrimination litigation in the Federal Courts, the Fair Work Commission and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

David has a wealth of both private and public sector legal experience, having worked as a lawyer for the Commonwealth Government, for a private sector firm and in his current role as Principal Solicitor at the VGSO. In his roles with the Commonwealth Government, David was frequently required to advise not only on litigious issues, but also on often politically sensitive policy issues, including regarding amendments to key workplace relation legislation and advice to various Commonwealth agencies about the exercise of their powers under that legislation.

David has a practical and goal-oriented approach to both providing front-end advice and the conduct of litigation. Through this approach David focusses on developing strong client relationships and producing favourable short, medium and long term results.