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We work collaboratively with our clients to build strong, sustainable relationships. Our team is committed to delivering consistent high standards of service, and we understand the importance of accessibility. Working with us, you'll enjoy open communication, meaning well scoped, properly resourced and effectively managed matters.

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Providing innovative procurement solutions for local government projects April 20, 2018

We advised City of Casey on the procurement process of the Bunjil Place Project. Bunjil Place is a $125 million civic and cultural precinct for the City of Casey, encompassing an 800-seat theatre and 200-seat … Continued

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In good hands: Maddocks advises on physio business acquisition April 11, 2018

Wednesday 11 April 2018 Maddocks has advised Zenitas Healthcare Limited on its acquisition of the Agewell Physiotherapy business. Agewell is a mobile physiotherapy provider servicing residential aged care facilities, retirement villages and communities in New … Continued

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The right to use plans prepared by a design consultant: the devil is in the detail April 11, 2018

When a design consultant (such as an architect or engineer) brings their plans or designs into material form, copyright will usually subsist in those documents as an artistic work. The designer owns that copyright unless … Continued

David Laidlaw Partner

Background

With an emphasis on commercial litigation and insurance, David has been involved in many high profile, large scale litigation matters, ASX and ASIC enquiries. He brings a strategic, no-nonsense approach to managing and resolving clients’ commercial issues and disputes, by establishing early clarity around client objectives and taking steps designed to deliver optimal practical outcomes.

In his professional career, David has been involved with a wide range of high profile, large-scale corporate, contract and tort litigation claims. David’s major disputes experience includes acting for major corporations in civil suits against former directors, international commercial disputes and complex litigation against major banks arising from third party frauds.

Legal Expertise

  • Corporate and commercial litigation
  • Major torts litigation
  • Insurance litigation
  • Class actions
  • Mediation and alternative dispute resolution
  • Major injury claims
  • Commissions and enquiries

Relevant Experience

  • Acting for major corporates in civil suits against former directors, international commercial disputes and complex litigation against major banks arising from third party frauds.
  • Playing a key negotiation and litigation role in relation to issues arising from the McCabe tobacco litigation.
  • Playing a key role in the development of the compulsory insurance scheme for the Victorian building industry.
  • Defence of 800 residents’ group action claims in negligence and nuisance arising from landfill gas migration from a closed landfill.
  • Acting for defendants in class action arising from the Westpoint collapse.
  • Ombudsman inquiry into major landfill gas incident.
  • Acting for the insurer of a German bicycle designer in a major product liability/personal injury claim.

Client Recognition

David is ranked in the Australian Financial Review’s Best Lawyers in the category of Litigation in 2018.

David was ranked by the 2010 member survey of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association as one of Australia’s ” ‘A’ team of great Lawyers.”

He was described in the survey  as a: “Superb litigator, strategist and negotiator, as well as being very personable and client focused.”

Leadership Positions

David has been closely involved with the development of legal services in the Asian region and is a founding member of the ADVOC Asia Board.

He has also acted as consultant to the World Bank and AusAID on legal development issues in this region.