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David Southwood

Juris Doctor (Distinction) University of New South Wales
Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) (Honours Class I) University of Sydney


Admitted to the Bar 2022


David has a broad practice which includes commercial law, regulatory proceedings, class actions, corporations matters and equity. He regularly appears led and unled in a range of courts and tribunals.

He brings a unique a blend of commercial and practical experience to the bar, which enables him to provide strategic and straightforward advice.

David commenced his career as a solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills. While at HSF, he completed a secondment to The Shopfront Youth Legal Centre, a legal service for homeless and disadvantaged young people, where he routinely appeared in criminal hearings and applications in the Local and District Courts. Immediately prior to coming to the Bar, he was a solicitor in a regional firm, Everingham Solomons Solicitors, where he had carriage of commercial and civil matters from initial advice to final hearing.

He is an author of the Australian Corporation Practice published by LexisNexis.

Principal Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Law See all +Close -
    • Administrative Law
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Appellate
    • Arbitration
    • Banking and Financial Services
    • Bankruptcy and Insolvency
    • Building, Construction and Technology
    • Class Actions
    • Competition and Consumer
    • Contracts
    • Corporations and Securities
    • Environment and Planning
    • Insurance and Reinsurance
    • Mining resources and energy
    • Partnership disputes
    • Product liability
    • Real property
    • Shareholder class actions
  • Common Law See all +Close -
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Appellate
    • Class Actions
    • Insurance and Reinsurance
    • Product liability
    • Professional liability
  • Criminal See all +Close -
    • Appellate
    • Fraud
    • White collar and corporate crime
  • Equity See all +Close -
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Appellate
    • Family Provision
    • Property
    • Trusts
  • Public and Administrative Law See all +Close -
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Appellate
    • Constitutional Law
    • Judicial review and administrative law
    • Merits review
  • Taxation and Revenue See all +Close -
    • Goods and services tax
    • International tax
    • Land tax
    • Stamp duty and other state taxes


Agribusiness, Banks & Financial Services, Government, Transport and Infrastructure, Primary Resources, Technology, Media & Telecommunications,

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