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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


News & insights

Panoramic view of London's skyline

Publications: 22 SEPTEMBER 2020

LCIA introduces new arbitration rules to improve efficiency and effectiveness

The London Court of International Arbitration (the LCIA) has published its new arbitration rules (the 2020 Rules) which will apply to arbitrations commenced from 1 October 2020. This is precisely six…

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Industrial site with machinery

News: 15 SEPTEMBER 2020

Allen & Overy advises Pilbara Minerals on new USD110 million debt facility

Allen & Overy has advised leading lithium tantalum producer Pilbara Minerals (ASX: PLS) and its subsidiaries on the establishment of a new, low-cost USD110 million debt facility. 

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Hong Kong's Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) Enforcement Actions Tracker

Publications: 07 SEPTEMBER 2020

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) Enforcement Actions Trends and Tracker

The SFC published its annual report for 2019/2020 in June and recently published its quarterly report for Q2 2020.

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Mandatory human rights due diligence laws: The Netherlands led the way in addressing child labour and contemplates broader action

Publications: 02 SEPTEMBER 2020

Mandatory human rights due diligence laws: the Netherlands led the way in addressing child labour and contemplates broader action

There is growing momentum worldwide among governments to require companies to undertake human rights due diligence.  The Netherlands took the lead with respect to the specific issue of child labour,…

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