Phone: +61 2 9267 7311
Graduated from University of NSW in 1983
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and
Bachelor of Laws
Admitted as a Solicitor in July 1984
Solicitor of the High Court of Australia
Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
Solicitor and Barrister of the Australian Capital Territory
David Farrell heads the Insurance Law and Litigation Groups of Goldrick Farrell Mullan.
He studied Law and Commerce at the University of NSW and has been in practice since 1984. David has built a reputation as a leading Australian lawyer in the areas of insurance and commercial litigation.
He has acted for insurance companies, banks and large corporations as well as for small businesses and individuals. David regularly appears in the Supreme and District Courts of NSW, the Supreme Court of the ACT and the Federal Court of Australia. He has also been engaged in interstate cases in Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and Queensland.
David has experience in insurance claims arising from damaged underground services (both gas and electricity), supply and application of chemicals, accidents at building sites, fires caused by electrical faults or installation of equipment, undermining of building foundations, failure of cladding applied to office buildings and defect claims involving entrances, doors and lifts of office buildings. He has experience in litigating contract breaches involved in such incidents and is an expert on drafting and interpreting indemnity and insurance clauses in contracts. He can provide advice on the meaning and extent of cover under insurance policies and the effect of additional cover clauses, exclusion clauses, dual insurance issues, cover notes and multi-layered insurance facilities.
He can advise and assist on all aspects of commercial or insurance disputes and his many years of experience enables him to provide pro-active legal audits for clients to avoid costly disputes and litigation.
His approach is to attempt to resolve disputes on a commercial basis where possible with extensive use of private negotiations and alternative dispute resolution. Where this is not possible David and his team of litigation lawyers can provide a cost effective litigation service to enforce our client’s rights.
David also acts for employers and employees in drafting employment contracts and advising in relation to separation and redundancy issues.
David is based at the firm’s Sydney Head Office and also attends the firm's branch offices regularly to meet clients and attend Court.