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David Sefton

David has a vast amount of experience representing corporate clients in the areas of employment, energy and resources, insurance, mergers & acquisitions, litigation & dispute resolution, occupational health & safety, product liability and preventative law & legal risk management. David has over 30 years of experience in private legal practice as a lawyer, legal risk manager, legal executive and business strategist.


David has a particular focus on preventative law and legal risk management (LRM). David proactively assists corporations in maximising the positive side of legal risk while preventing legal risks from becoming liabilities. David is a member of the Risk Management Committee of Standards Australia, as representative of the Law Society of New South Wales. This committee is responsible for the development of what is regarded as the world’s leading risk management standard across Australia and New Zealand.


David is also a former partner of Ashurst (formerly Blake Dawson). David joined the firm as a partner in 1999 after being the Managing Partner of a smaller Sydney boutique commercial and litigation firm. While partner at Ashurst, David was the Insurance Group Manager Sydney and subsequently Team Leader of the Sydney Legal Risk Management Practice, a role he held until the end of 2006 when David retired as a partner and became a consultant to the firm.

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