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David Jenaway



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David Jenaway



David has extensive experience in a broad range of high profile disputes, with a particular emphasis on matters arising in the energy and resources, and construction, sectors. He has a particular speciality in relation to disputes throughout the whole life cycle of oil and gas projects.

He is regularly trusted by clients with managing the conduct and resolution of high value and strategic disputes, including through international arbitration, superior Court litigation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

David is highly valued for his careful and thoughtful approach to matters, along with his tireless and enthusiastic commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for his clients.

David is held in very high regard by his clients and peers, as demonstrated by him being currently listed in Legal 500, Chambers Asia Pacific and the 'Best Lawyer List' for various forms of dispute resolution (including arbitration and litigation). Clients describe him as ""everything you could want from a litigation solicitor in a big matter"", and a ""first-class litigator"" who ""is committed to representing you; you feel that he has worked tirelessly to understand the matter and that he will respond with an intelligent and reasoned approach"" (Chambers Asia Pacific). He is also described as being ""laser-focused on helping the client and getting the best outcome - and always delivers"" (Chambers Asia Pacific).

David is the Managing Partner of the Perth office. He was the 2021 winner of the ""Professional Services"" category at the WA Business News 40under40 awards. He also takes a lead role in Allen & Overy’s community and pro bono initiatives.

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Experience highlights



Level 12, Exchange Tower, 2 The Esplanade
WA 6000

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Admitted as a lawyer, Western Australia, 2009


LLB (Hons), BA (Politics and International Studies), Murdoch University, 2007

Other noteworthy experience


  • Two international oil and gas companies on commercial and investment treaty disputes over potential USD2bn losses relating to a Vietnamese project.
  • A joint venture of four international energy companies in an LNG Price review for an APAC-based project and ongoing sale of LNG.
  • A multinational oil and gas company acting as operator of a joint venture, in relation to breaches and possible termination of a contract related to the supply and operation of an FPSO.
  • A global financial instituation in relation to Supreme Court proceedings for alleged misleading and deceptive conduct regarding the sale of an investment product entitled "Lehman Brothers 5 years USD Daily Accrual, Memory Knock Out Principal Protected Note".
  • A world-leading supplier of tantalum products, in an arbitration arising from a construction project in northern Western Australia.
  • RCR Resolve FM in relation to Supreme Court proceedings against Serco Australia for disputes arising from the performance of facilities management services at detention centres throughout Australia.
  • Hamersley Iron Pty Limited in relation to Supreme Court proceedings commenced by McMahon Services Australia Pty Limited, relating to works performed at the Cape Lambert power station.
  • The North West Shelf Gas joint venture on a pricing arbitration conducted under a gas sale and purchase agreement.
  • A large international investment company in relation to Supreme Court proceedings worth USD700m against a Perth-based iron ore miner.


  • Acted for an indigenous law centre in relation to intestacy laws in Western Australia
  • Advised various not-for-profit and charity institutions on insurance obligations and coverage
  • Advised a homeless centre on a Magistrate's Court claim regarding alleged misappropriation of property
  • Advised an individual in relation to disability discrimination proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia
  • Advising an individual on Supreme Court Litigation relating to allegations of misleading or deceptive and unconscionable conduct arising from a mining project investment
  • Acted for individual in relation to Supreme Court litigation in relation to an alleged default on a mortgage

Published work

  • "Gas price reviews in Asia-Pacific", Chapter in Gas and LNG Price Arbitrations book, Second Edition, page 213 - 224



Professional Services, 40 under 40

Business News, 2021