David Knaap

Special Counsel

Contact Details

Office:  Sydney

Phone: +61 2  9267 7311



Graduated from Macquarie University in 1992


Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws

Admitted as a Solicitor in December 1993  

Solicitor in the High Court of Australia

Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales  

Solicitor and Barrister of the Australia Capital Territory

David Knaap leads the firm’s Aviation Law Group and is also a member of our Insurance Law and Litigation Groups.  

He is a senior legal practitioner with wide experience in many areas of litigation and dispute resolution. David has primarily practised in litigation both in NSW and the ACT acting for insurers, self insurers and corporations with high insurance policy excess levels. He also acts for private clients in a range of litigation areas and has experience in Occupational Health & Safety litigation and prosecutions both in NSW and other Australian states. 

Prior to becoming a lawyer David served as an Army Officer in the Australian Regular Army flying helicopters. After joining Goldrick Farrell Mullan in 1994 he continued serving in the Army Reserve and has been called upon to assist in several air crash investigations and Special Commissions of Inquiry. He was promoted from Captain to Major in 2013 and is currently serving with the Australian Army Aviation Corps. 

David has provided advice to corporations proposing to supply the Australian Defence Force with major aircraft defence capability.  

He has specialist knowledge on matters involving aircraft which can only be gained by extensive flying experience.

He is a member of the 
Helicopter Association of Australasia and the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association of Australia

David is available for interviews by appointment at our Sydney Head Office.