David Hughes

David HughesDavid Hughes

David appears in complex commercial and corporate disputes. He has acted in significant cases for major corporations in the following fields:
Resources and infrastructure; telecommunications, investor class actions, competition, construction.

David is an author of ‘The Interpretation of Contracts in Australia’ and is often consulted on difficult or significant questions of contractual interpretation.
David also appears in the Federal Courts in judicial review applications.
David also has expertise in private international law, and he is a former legal officer for the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law.

Doyles Guide includes David in the Leading construction and infrastructure junior counsel list for New South Wales 2022.

David was recently ranked as a leading junior in the Legal 500 - Asia Pacific Construction, Infrastructure & Property in the 2023 Australia-Bar list.

Recent Cases

"Extremely knowledgable in relation to contract law and construction law. Excellent advocate, very good at witness preparation, pleadings and submissions. Very easy to work with, approachable and accessible."

— The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific Guide
Admissions and Appointments
  • Admitted to the Bar: 2010
  • Admitted as a Legal Practitioner: 2006
  • University of Oxford Law School BCL (with distinction): 2007 - 2008
  • University of New South Wales LLB, BSc (Pure Mathematics, First Class Honours): 1998 - 2004
Practice Areas
Bankruptcy & Insolvency
Building & Construction
Commercial Law
Competition & Consumer Law
Conflict of Laws
Corporations Law
Equity & Trusts
Insurance & Re-Insurance
International Law
Representative Proceedings
  • Sir Kim Lewison and David Hughes, The Interpretation of Contracts in Australia (Thomson Reuters, 2010)