David FrancisJackson, QC
Barrister
Best Lawyers 2014 - 2016. Listed for Bet the Company Litigation, Constitutional Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation

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Acting as an arbitrator or expert determiner in domestic and international arbitrations in relation to a wide range of disputes, including:
  • fixing the rent for leasing government owned waterfronts; 
  • determining the wholesale price for supply of gas from producers to energy companies and to industrial users;
  • determining the amounts payable by one Australian government for the use by its residents of the hospital services of another Australian government under an intergovernmental agreement; 
  • resolving disputes as to the amounts payable for supply of energy; 
  • resolving major disputes between contractor and principal in relation to the installation of a new telecommunications network;
  • resolving disputes concerning the supply of coal from Australia to other countries; resolving insurance disputes, including disputes about reinsurance; 
  • determining the final amount payable under a major development agreement between land owner and developer; 
  • resolving major contractual disputes in Australia concerning the construction of maritime infrastructure; 
  • resolving international contractual disputes. 
He sometimes acts as a mediator and has done so in international insurance disputes.

He has also been appointed to conduct a number of inquiries for the Australian and State governments.
• In 1986-1987 he was Chairman of the Australian Government's Constitutional Commission's Advisory Committee on the Australian Judicial System
• In 1996 he conducted the "Southern Cross Syndicate" Inquiry for the Australian Government
• In 2004 he was appointed by the New South Wales government as a Special Commission of Inquiry into the Medical Research and Compensation Foundation established by the James Hardie Group
• In 2011 he was appointed by the New South Wales government as Chairman of the Recall Elections Panel of Experts


Career:
1963 -1964 Associate to Sir Harry Gibbs, then a member of the Supreme Court of Queensland, later Chief Justice of Australia

1965 -1985. Practised at both trial and appellate level "across the board", but developed a particular reputation in mining and petroleum cases, and in constitutional law. Appeared as counsel for mining and petroleum interests in the Commonwealth-Queensland Royal Commission into petroleum drilling on the Great Barrier Reef and in highly controversial mineral sand mining inquiries in relation to Coo loo la, Moreton Island, Fraser Island, Agnes Water and Sunshine Beach. Appeared also in relation to proposed uranium mine in north Queensland, and other mining proposals. In constitutional law appeared on many occasions as leading counsel for the State of Queensland and other parties in the High Court of Australia. Appeared also in the High Court of Australia in many general law appeals. Appeared in Judicial Committee of Privy Council until abolition of Australian appeals.

1985-1987. As Judge of the Federal Court, sat as a trial and appellate Judge on federal matters, principally commercial and administrative law.

1987-present.
(1) Appeals and constitutional cases in the High Court of Australia and the intermediate federal and State courts of appeal. He has also appeared as counsel in Vanuatu, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga and New Zealand courts.
(2) Advising, often being retained by both parties to a dispute to provide an opinion to assist in its resolution.
(3) Acting as an Arbitrator, Mediator or to provide an Expert Determination


Publications:
• "Professional Responsibilities of In-House Counsel". A paper delivered in Brisbane on 26 February 2015.
• "What should we do with the States?". A paper delivered on 21 May 2015 as part of the Current Legal Issues 2015 Seminar Series arranged by the Bar Association of Queensland, the University of Queensland, the Queensland University of Technology and the Supreme Court of Queensland Library.
• "Appellate Advocacy". A paper delivered to the New South Wales Bar Association on 25 May 2015.
• "Chapter Ill Courts". A paper delivered to the Supreme and Federal Courts' judges conference, Brisbane on 26 January 2016.
• "Sir Harry Gibbs". A paper presented to the Selden Society, Brisbane on 17 March 2016.
• "Advocacy in lnternotional Arbitrations". A paper delivered on 24 May 2016 to the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Australia
• "Advocacy in Arbitration". An address delivered on 13 August 2016 to the New South Wales Bar Association's 2016 ADR Master ClassBack
CONTACT
Phone: 61 2 9151 2009

E-mail: jacksongc@newchambers.com.au

Country of Residence: Australia

Nationality: Australian
MAIN PRACTICE AREAS
  • COMMODITIES COAL
  • OIL & GAS
  • PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS
    Fellow Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 2003

    Fellow Australian Centre for International and Commercial Arbitration 2011

    Fellow Australian Academy of Law 2013

    Member of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre Panel of Arbitrators

    Member of Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre of Arbitration Panel of Arbitrators

    Member Australian Energy Regulator's Pool of Arbitrators

    Member External Services Commission of South Australia's Panel of Arbitrators

    Member of Committee of Bar Association of Queensland 1969-70, 1972-1974, 1976-1978, 1979-1980, 1981-1983

    Vice-President Bar Association of Queensland 1982-1983

    Member Barristers Board of Queensland - 1975-1985

    Chairman, Constitutional Law Committee of Law Council of Australia - 1984-1985

    Law Council of Australia Observer at Australian Constitutional Conventions - 1984, 1985

    Chairman of New South Wales Bar Association's Standards and Specialisation Committee 1994-1995

    Convenor of New South Wales Bar Association's Constitutional Law Section 1996 to 2001

    Foundation lecturer at Bar Practice Centre in Brisbane ("Leading Evidence")

    Member (part-time) Judicial Commission of New South Wales 1995 -1998

    Committee Member Australian Association of Constitutional Law 1999-2003

    Head of Chambers, Seven Wentworth 2002-2014

    Head of Chambers, New Chambers 2014-2016

    Associate Member, Essex Court Chambers, London
    ADMISSIONS
  • AUSTRALIA
  • EDUCATION
    B.A. (Qld) 1963

    LI.B (Qld) 1964

    Called to the Bar 16 December 1964

    Appointed Queen's Counsel 15 January 1976

    Judge of Federal Court of Australia 1985-1987