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David Jenaway



David Jenaway



David has extensive experience in a wide range of high profile commercial disputes, with a particular emphasis on matters arising in relation to the construction and energy and resources sectors. David regularly represents large corporations in high value superior Court litigation and international commercial arbitration.

David is valued by clients and has been listed in Legal 500 and Chambers Asia Pacific. He is listed in the 'Best Lawyer List' for alternative disputes resolution, international arbitration and litigation in Australia.

David also takes a lead role in Allen & Overy’s pro bono practice.

Other noteworthy experience includes advising:

  • 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.
  • The Griffin Coal Mining Company on a USD20 million dispute arising from the fallout of its relationship with Carna Group.
  • Citigroup 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.

Experience highlights



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Admitted as a lawyer, Western Australia, 2009


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

Pro-bono experience

  • 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



Professional Services, 40 under 40

Business News, 2021

Published work

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

News & insights

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Publications: 29 JULY 2021

Lukas Rengier and Fabian Kolf contribute chapters to Lexology's Private Antitrust Litigation 2022

Lukas Rengier and Fabian Kolf, members of our global antitrust team based in Hamburg, have contributed two chapters to the latest (2022) edition of Lexology Getting The Deal Through's Private…

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Publications: 28 JULY 2021

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission’s recent regulatory enforcement trends

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has recently published its annual report for the period dated April 2020 to March 2021 (the 2020/2021 Period). The report takes a look back at the…

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News: 27 JULY 2021

Allen & Overy advises Eni on the acquisition of Dhamma Energy Group

Allen & Overy has advised Eni on the acquisition, through Eni gas e luce, of Dhamma Energy Group (“Dhamma”) from the relevant founding partners. The company holds a platform for the development of…

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News: 22 JULY 2021

Sapna W. Palla joins Allen & Overy’s U.S. intellectual property litigation practice

Allen & Overy today announced that Sapna W. Palla has joined the firm as a partner in its intellectual property litigation practice, based in New York. Sapna joins from Wiggin & Dana LLP, where she…

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