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David Townsend

Dr David J. Townsend was called to the Bar in 2020 and practices in a broad range of commercial, equity and administrative law. Before being called to the Bar, he worked in the litigation departments of Gilbert + Tobin and Allens Linklaters specialising in complex litigation, class actions, consumer protection and commercial arbitration.

David completed BA and LLB (Hon I) at the University of Sydney, and BCL, M.Phil and D.Phil at St John’s College, University of Oxford. His doctoral thesis focused on regulation of cross-border trade in Australia and the European Union. Alongside his studies, he served as President of the Oxford University Student Union.

David is the author of numerous conference papers on commercial law, equity and insolvency, including the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on substantive law, procedure and remedies.

David accepts briefs to appear in all jurisdictions, although his practice is primarily based in Sydney.

David has been appointed a member or office-holder of various professional committees of the NSW Bar Association over the years since his commencement at the Bar.

Away from the law, David is a keen kayaker, steel drummer and woodcarver.

Practice Areas

Administrative Law
Class Actions 
Commercial Law
Constitutional Law
Consumer Protection
Corporate Law
Equity & Trusts
Private International Law (Choice of Law and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments)
Regulatory Law
Royal Commissions & Inquests
Rural Law

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