David Heaton


David Heaton

2013 Law Scholar

Scholarship biography (at time of award)

David Heaton graduated at the top of his class of 404 from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours. He earned several awards including the Supreme Court Prize. After graduation, David worked as a Judge's Associate to the Hon Justice Kenneth Hayne AC, and as an Associate to the Boston Consulting Group.

David was awarded the Scholarship to complete a BCL/MPhil at St John's College, University of Oxford.

Studied at: University of Oxford

Current Biography

David practises in commercial, public, EU, competition law and international arbitration. He has worked during pupillage on matters involving energy, online services, shipping, insurance, legal services and banking.

David’s commercial litigation experience as a pupil barrister includes claims for breach of contract, fiduciary duty and trust, IP infringements, civil fraud, conversion, breach of confidence, conspiracy, fraudulent insurance claims, and challenging corporate actions. He has been involved in jurisdiction challenges, applications for interim injunctive relief and an international arbitration between a large energy company and a State.

In public law, David has worked and advised during pupillage on judicial review claims before the Administrative Court in England in areas including tobacco regulation, market abuse and journalistic freedoms. He has worked on matters involving data protection and criminal mutual legal assistance. His MPhil thesis examined the legal basis of the UK government’s power to make contracts.

David’s EU work during pupillage has included litigation and advice on the scope and application of EU sanctions regimes, interpretation of EU instruments, and compatibility of UK with EU law. He has worked on challenges in the EU Court of Justice to the validity of an EU directive and in the General Court to sanctions listings.

David has worked on competition law matters during pupillage including a follow-on and stand-alone damages claim and advice on the scope of EU competition law.

David was previously an Associate to the Hon Justice Kenneth Hayne AC of the High Court of Australia, a solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons in Melbourne in Banking and Tax, and an Associate at the Boston Consulting Group in Melbourne. He graduated first in his LLB class at the University of Melbourne and completed both the BCL and an MPhil with distinction at St John’s College, Oxford. He speaks German to a high standard and Indonesian to an intermediate level.

Scholarship Year: 2013

Fields of Interest

Civil Law, Law, Philanthropy