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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.
  • 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

News & insights

Modern buildings with mirrored glass reflecting a blue sky

Publications: 02 DECEMBER 2021

Representative actions – “same interest” test proves a high bar

The UK Court of Appeal endorsed a strict approach to the “same interest” test when it upheld a decision to strike out the representative element of a claim brought on behalf of 27,800 individuals and…

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Collection of lights

Publications: 30 NOVEMBER 2021

The sun never sets on English law governed debt: reviewing the Re Prosafe SE decision

The recent decision in Re Prosafe SE pits the principle of freedom of contract against the increasingly popular modified universalism in the cross-border restructuring and insolvency space.

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News: 29 NOVEMBER 2021

Allen & Overy advises Ørsted in purchase of 302 MW onshore wind farm

Allen & Overy advised Ørsted in the acquisition of Lincoln Land Wind, a 302 MW onshore wind farm in Morgan County, Illinois, from Ares Management. This transaction also includes the acquisitions of…

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Strings of code

Publications: 26 NOVEMBER 2021

Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) publishes draft regulations for network data security management

On 14 November 2021, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) published a consultation draft of the Regulations on Network Data Security Management (Network Data Security Regulations) for public…

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Published work

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

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