David McKenna



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M: +61 408 705 418


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David is a partner in our Perth office, practising exclusively in insurance litigation. With 29 years experience acting for the insurance industry, he has particular experience in property and business interruption, general liability, professional liability, motor vehicle, industrial diseases, and workers compensation and employers indemnity.

David is often called upon for indemnity advice on complex claims. He is the sole provider in Western Australia for the largest Australian manufacturer of asbetos building, insulation products and frictional materials, including brake linings, and has been involved in a number of leading High Court decisions in this area, such as Moss v Amaca Pty Limited and Hannell v Amaca Pty Limited. 

He also has particular experience in local authority liability actions, again being involved in a number of landmark High Court decisions, such as Tremeer v City of Stirling, Dale v Shire of Collie, Uzabega v Town of Cottesloe and Prast v Town of Cottesloe. 

David and his team have acted in multi party recovery actions involving millions of dollars damages, arising out of major fires in Western Australia.

He advises and acts regularly in relation to liability claims involving construction issues, such as loss of support and vibration claims.

Other roles and associations:

  • Former national president of the Australian Insurance Law Association and life member
  • Director of the Asthma Foundation of Western Australia
  • Recommended Professional Indemnity Lawyer, Western Australia in Doyle’s Guide 2017
  • Leading Dust Diseases Lawyer (Defendant), Western Australia in Doyle’s Guide 2017
  • Endorsed as pre-eminent professional liability lawyer in Doyle’s Guide 2015
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