David Smallbone

About David

David Smallbone is a highly experienced barrister and international disputes lawyer. For 34 years, he has represented parties from Australia, Asia, the Pacific, the Subcontinent and further afield in complex commercial disputes.

Mr Smallbone has a well-established practice appearing as lead counsel at trial, on appeal and in alternative dispute resolution forums on instruction from external or in-house solicitors and attorneys. He generally appears in high-value, multi-party, multi-jurisdictional and cross-border disputes.

Mr Smallbone is available for appointments as:

  • Counsel;
  • Arbitrator; or
  • Expert Determiner.

Mr Smallbone’s international disputes practice involves cross-border commercial, property, investment, trade, shareholder and insolvency matters.

Valued for his commercial acumen and forensic skill, Mr Smallbone is an accomplished cross examiner with or without interpreters. His chambers are appropriately equipped for the seamless conduct of audio-visual hearings and conferences.

Mr Smallbone has contributed to the professional development of legal practitioners and law students, sharing his insights from decades of experience as a barrister and international disputes lawyer. He has presented at domestic and international seminars and has written articles in well-known publications. Mr Smallbone has acted as moot arbitrator in several annual Vis East Moots concerning the Vienna Convention on the International Sale of Goods.

Mr Smallbone is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and a Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (FACICA).