David Hughes
David Hughes

David appears in complex commercial and corporate disputes. He has acted in significant cases for major corporations in the following fields:
• resources and infrastructure
• telecommunications
• investor class actions
• competition
• construction
David is an author of ‘The Interpretation of Contracts in Australia’ and is often consulted on difficult or significant questions of contractual interpretation.
David also appears in the Federal Courts in judicial review applications.
David also has expertise in private international law, and he is a former legal officer for the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law.

Doyles Guide includes David in the Leading construction and infrastructure junior counsel list for New South Wales 2022.

David was recently included as ‘A leading senior junior counsel specialising in contract and construction disputes. He is extremely knowledgeable and easy to work with.
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  • Admitted to NSW Bar: 2010
  • Admitted as a Solicitor: 2006


  • 2007 – 2008 University of Oxford Law School BCL (with distinction
  • 1998 – 2004 University of New South Wales LLB, BSc (Pure Mathematics, First Class Honours)


The Interpretation of Contracts in Australia (2012, Law Book Co) Co-authored with Lord Justice Lewison

Australia Joins the Hague Service Convention (2010) 84(8) Australian Law Journal 532, with Gina Elliott

The Insolubility of Renvoi and its Consequences (2010) 6(1) Journal of Private International Law 195

A Classification of Fusion after Harris v Digital Pulse (2006) 29(2) UNSWLJ 32.

Co-author of chapter on the contract law of Australia in Droit de l’Australie (2016, Bibliothèque de l’Association Henri Capitant).