David has a wealth of experience in the fields of industrial law, employment law and equal opportunity law. He has represented major unions, union members, the Victorian Government, employers and senior executives in disputes arising in both the public and private sectors. David’s clients include major unions, major corporations and senior executives. A significant part of David’s practice involves acting for employees with complex employment related problems:
Breach of contract and misleading and deceptive conduct claims for former employees. For example, in the David Walker Citicorp proceedings in which, after lengthy litigation, David Walker was awarded $6,409,050.36 by the Full Court of the Federal Court.
Internal disciplinary proceedings representing employees, particularly those in public sector employment – this has resulted, in some cases, litigation to ensure that the employee gets the benefit of the rules of natural justice.
Whistleblowing complaints – acting for whistleblowers and negotiating compensation packages, including a compensation package for Dr Gerry McLaren who made public interest disclosures about the activities of a neurosurgeon operating in the Australian Capital Territory.
Sexual harassment and discrimination claims - acting on behalf of employees who have been subjected to sexual harassment, discrimination, victimisation and bullying. David has been responsible for major equal opportunity litigation in Victoria including a sexual harassment clam in which the Tribunal ordered the largest payment for pain and suffering for a sexual harassment victim in Victoria in proceedings against the Victoria Police.