About David


David is a partner and CEO of Maddocks. He was appointed CEO in October 2020, after having spent 20 years at Maddocks. He is highly regarded insolvency lawyer and throughout his career has acted on behalf of corporations, government departments, individuals, insolvency practitioners and secured lenders in all aspects of corporate insolvency and security enforcement.


An experienced litigation and commercial lawyer, David's clients benefit from his practical and commercial approach to asset realisation and dispute resolution. He has been consistently recognised by his clients and peers as a recommended insolvency lawyer in Best Lawyers each year since 2010.


Prior to his appointment as CEO David has filled many leadership roles within the firm, including several terms as a board member and lengthy tenures as practice group head of the Commercial Group and practice team leader of the banking and insolvency team, In those roles, and others, David has been integral to many of the decisions and initiatives that have contributed to the growth and success of Maddocks over his time at the firm.


Experience

  • Liquidators and Special Purpose receivers

    Acting for the Liquidators and Special Purpose receivers of Banksia Securities Ltd in relation to claims brought against numerous parties in the Supreme Court of Victoria, including subsequent approval applications and proceedings in the Victorian Court of Appeal and High Court of Australia.

  • Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority

    Acting for the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority in relation to a range of regulatory and commercial matters arising in the Victorian school Sector

  • Liquidators

    Acting for the Liquidators of AGM Markets Pty Ltd in relation to the collapse of a FX trading group

  • Plantiffs

    Acting for the plaintiff in oppression proceedings concerning significant agricultural land holdings commenced in the supreme Court of NSW

  • Trustees

    Acting for the trustee of the bankrupt estate of Joseph Gutnick including investigations into the affairs and the subsequent approval of a compromise with creditors

  • "He's a no-nonsense kind of guy ... he sees the problem very quickly and is very commercial and technically very strong. He just takes it all in and turns it around."

    Chambers Asia Pacific

  • "He is very good in understanding difficult issues and makes it easy to understand what your options are and how to get a resolution."

    Chambers Asia Pacific

  • "Well respected in the insolvency community"

    Chambers Asia Pacific

  • "Very commercial operator who understands his clients' commercial needs"

    Chambers Asia Pacific

  • "He's not a windbag, he sees the problem very quickly and is very commercial and technically very strong. He just takes it all in and turns it around."

    Chambers Australia 2020 Edition

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