David Benson

Clayton Utz
Partner Perth

Recognised as one of Australia's Best Lawyers in Litigation

– Best Lawyers Australia


With nearly two decades of experience, David has established a reputation as an extremely versatile dispute resolution lawyer and adviser. He acts for clients across the energy and resources, financial services, automotive, agricultural and information technology industries who call on him to act on matters with significant financial, reputational, or regulatory risk.

David is also the Chair of Clayton Utz's Cyber Security Board and a director of the Clayton Utz Foundation.

Notable Work
  • Acted for the Volkswagen Group in five class, and associated regulatory, actions in the Federal Court of Australia in respect of diesel emissions.
  • Acted for the Volkswagen Group in the defence of the Takata Airbag class actions brought in the Supreme Court of NSW.
  • Acting for an oil and gas services provider in respect of claims of alleged cartel conduct brought by the ACCC in the Federal Court.
  • Acting for the senior management of an agricultural company in relation to a cartel investigation being conducted by the ACCC.
  • Advising on a dispute for a Congolese commodity trading and mining company concerning the occupation of, and claims over, mining permits in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • Acting in significant proceedings for Wyloo Metals in Supreme Court of WA in relation to the validity of a purported mining lease.
  • Acting for Canaccord Genuity Financial Limited, one of Australia's premier financial services firms, in relation to long running NSW Supreme Court proceedings.
  • Acting for a private equity backed business in international arbitration proceedings relating to the acquisition of an agricultural business.
  • Acted for DUG Technology on a highly complex patent infringement dispute concerning the use of offshore seismic data processing technologies.
  • Acting for a manufacturer of products for the mining sector in relation to allegations of patent infringement.
  • Acted for Yara International in proceedings that arose from its investment in the Burrup ammonia project and, in particular, the litigation brought by the Oswals in the Supreme Court of Victoria.
  • Advising Horizon Power on the procurement of a multi-year deal for the capture and analysis of imaging data across their entire expansive network of infrastructure across regional Western Australia.
  • Advised on potential and actual data breaches involving the loss or misuse of personal information including remedial actions and reporting implications, as well as engaging on behalf of clients with relevant regulators including the OAIC.
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