David joined TurksLegal as an undergraduate in 1991. After more than 20 years of experience in enforcing creditors’ rights and insolvency, David now heads our Banking Group. Given his long experience and expertise in insolvency, David continues to conduct and supervise litigation and projects in the area Commercial Disputes & Transactions.
David was a part of, and became the leader of teams who acted for the successful plaintiffs in all the leading cases concerning workers compensation premium recovery:
- Employers Mutual Indemnity (Workers’ Compensation) Limited v A Donald Pty Limited  NSWSC 501 – Court of Appeal decision that the courts have no jurisdiction to determine the manner in which an insurer calculates the quantum of insurance premium;
- Allianz v Fyna Formwork  NSWSC 657 – the leading case on the deliberate mis-description of the insured to avoid the impost of substantial premium); and
- GIO Workers Compensation (NSW) Ltd v Joanna’s Productions  NSWSC 1314 - a case which provides authority on how to deal with a change in the identity of employers operating the same business during the policy year).
In the area of Banking Litigation, David heads teams in Sydney and Melbourne who act for Big 4 and regional banks.
In 2003, David was invited to join the NSW Supreme Court’s specialist Corporations List Users’ Group. This is a group of senior practitioners (both barristers and solicitors) and regulators that liaise directly with the Court’s administrative and judicial officers concerning the running of the lists and developments in the law.
In 2006, David was appointed a member of the Law Council of Australia’s specialist Insolvency and Reconstruction Law Committee. The Law Council's Committee consists of legal practitioners with specialised legal knowledge and experience in insolvency that provides guidance to the Law Council in its dealings with State and Federal Governments when relevant issues emerge.
Articles David has written appear in the Insolvency Law Bulletin and he has been an instructor on the post-graduate Advanced Insolvency Program run jointly by the University of Southern Queensland and the Insolvency Practitioners’ Association of Australia. He is frequently involved in the organisation, preparation and delivery of both internal and external seminars.