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Assisting on whole of government technology agreements November 2, 2017

Maddocks advised the Commonwealth Government’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) on its whole of government purchasing agreement with SAP. The DTA was set up in 2015 to assist government departments and agencies with digital transformation and … Continued

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Construction and Projects special counsel joins Maddocks January 17, 2018

17 January 2018 Maddocks has appointed Sefton Warner as a special counsel in the firm’s Construction and Projects team. Sefton brings to Maddocks extensive front-end construction projects experience, having worked on a number of major … Continued

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2017: In Review – The biggest tech trends and events of the year January 17, 2018

2017 has been another frenetic and significant year for the technology sector. In keeping with Commvault and Maddocks’ joint mission to deliver you practical guidance, our end of year wrap-up highlights the most significant technology … 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.