David J. Townsend

Dr David J. Townsend was called to the Bar in 2020 and practices in a broad range of commercial, equity and administrative law. Before being called to the Bar, he worked in the litigation departments of Gilbert + Tobin and Allens Linklaters specialising in complex litigation and commercial arbitration.

David completed BA and LLB (Hon I) at the University of Sydney, and BCL, M.Phil and D.Phil at St John’s College, University of Oxford. His doctoral thesis focused on regulation of cross-border trade in Australia and the European Union. Alongside his studies, he served as President of the Oxford University Student Union.

David is the author of numerous conference papers on commercial law, equity and insolvency, including, latterly, the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on substantive law, procedure and remedies.

David accepts briefs to appear in all jurisdictions, although his practice is primarily based in Sydney.

Away from the law, David is a keen kayaker, steel drummer and woodcarver.



  • Commercial Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Insolvency
  • Regulatory Law
  • Royal Commissions and Inquests
  • Administrative law
  • Constitutional law
  • Admiralty
  • Rural Law
David Tel: (+612) 9232 3937 Fax: (+612) 9223 3941 djtownsend@wentworthchambers.com.au
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