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David assists a range of clients with PPPs and other infrastructure and outsourcing projects, including advising in respect of procurement strategy, construction, tenure, financing, outsourcing and speciality service aspects of large-scale transactions in the transport, resources and public infrastructure sectors (including housing and healthcare).

He is experienced with energy, resources and transport sector land, port and rail projects, outsourced service and off-take agreements, linear infrastructure developments, Crown land access, major infrastructure and land development and large-scale commercial acquisitions and disposals.

David works with both private sector clients and all levels of government in a range of major infrastructure matters, and is equally proficient in dealing with capital asset, project finance, O&M, land tenure, outsourced service and general commercial aspects of transactions.

David is regularly named in the AFR ‘Best Lawyers’ list and Doyles Guide in the areas of Infrastructure, Construction, Government, and Real Estate.

David has been named Australian Lawyers Weekly ‘Partner of the Year’ in Construction and Infrastructure and the AFR Best Lawyers ‘WA Property Lawyer of the Year’.  He also headed the HSF team that won the Infrastructure Partnerships Australia ‘Advisory Excellence’ award.


He has been with Herbert Smith Freehills since 1999, spending a four-year period in the interim in the UK working in-house with a global energy company, and with a multinational law firm focusing on infrastructure projects.  David is also admitted as a solicitor in the United Kingdom.

Experience & expertise

Selected matters

  • New South Wales Government in relation to the construction and full outsourcing of clinical services at the Northern Beaches Hospital and the proposed delivery of several further waves of privately constructed and outsourced hospitals, health facilities and clinical services
  • Rio Tinto in relation to its $2.5 billion "Services Improvement Project" contract, which implemented the consolidated delivery of accommodation, facilities management and associated services across the whole of Rio Tinto Iron Ore’s Pilbara operations
  • Western Australian Government on the development, expansion, private financing, land tenure and outsourced clinical and FM service aspects of the Midland, Joondalup, Fiona Stanley, Sir Charles Gairdner, Peel and other health campuses
  • DP World in relation to concession agreements, development arrangements and rail access related to its port terminal operations at Port of Botany, Fremantle Port and Port of Brisbane
  • Town of Port Hedland in relation to the $205 million privatisation of its international airport, including in relation to all aspects of its procurement process, vendor due diligence, regulatory issues, evaluation of and negotiation with preferred bidders and acting to contract and financial close