- Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law
- Accredited Specialist in Employment Law and Industrial Relations
- Masters of Law
- Bachelor of Laws
David became a partner of Kells in 1994 and achieved accredited specialisation in personal injury in the same year. In 2010 he became an accredited specialist in employment law and industrial relations. He currently acts for over 40 employers, ranging from small to large enterprises. He aims to settle matters quickly by focusing on early and alternate dispute resolution.
David is an expert in the federal industrial relations system and has delivered over 30 seminars to employers and their advisers since the introduction of WorkChoices. He has regularly written articles for the Illawarra Advertiser, The Kells Report and The Employment Law Newsletter.
While completing a Masters of Law at Sydney University in 2008, majoring in Labour Law and Health Law, David won the Iain Ross Prize for the moot on protected industrial action. He also received High Distinctions in Workplace Safety and in Labour Law.
David has acted for victims and defendants in all areas of personal injury for over 30 years. He aims to settle matters quickly through alternate dispute resolution and mediation. He was one of the first legal service providers approved by the WorkCover Independent Review Officer.
David has a strong commitment to promoting accessible justice and has:
- Founded the Visiting Solicitors Scheme in partnership with Illawarra Health to give voluntary advice to hospital patients,
- Been a member of the Illawarra Legal Advice Centre for over 20 years and continues on the roster of volunteers,
- Helped set up the Kells community legal clinics in Campbelltown and Camden,
- Staffed the Kells community legal advice clinic in Dapto,
The needs of Illawarra Health - the third largest employer in the region – gave David, during his time as Director of the organisation, significant insight into issues affecting large employers. He was a Member of the Board’s performance evaluation and finance committee and the audit committee. He was also the Board’s representative on the clinical quality committee.
David has presented seminars to accountants, financial planners, insurers, employers, human resources practitioners and the public on a number of areas ranging from personal injury, to workers compensation, enterprise agreements, unfair dismissal and work, health and safety.
He is the former President of the Wollongong and District Law Society and a Member of the NSW Law Societies Employment Law Committee and Injury Compensation Committee. He has been involved in their mock trial competitions for over 15 years as a coach and later as a magistrate.
David's interests include cricket, rugby league, reading, politics, travel, wine and running (very slowly).Back to Our People