David CromptonSpecial Counsel

    David has over 30 years’ experience as a lawyer. His clients are usually commercial enterprises, often characterised by an entrepreneurial flair. David’s contact with his clients is typically at a level of CEO, board or controlling shareholders.

    David is both a transactional advisor and an experienced commercial litigator. The litigation he conducts regularly involves strategic issues, or is of high commercial significance, to the client.

    Several of David’s long-standing clients use him as, in effect, their internal legal function. This involves David in providing counsel on, and having involvement in, strategic issues having legal or risk aspects and being tasked with obtaining objectives or resolving issues at his discretion within broad parameters.

    For many years David acted as the personal confidant of the general counsel and company secretary for a ‘big 4’ bank. David understands the role of, and the issues facing, in-house counsel.

    The breadth of David’s skills and experience is demonstrated by the diversity of his clients, including:

    • a Singapore-based organisation which exports infrastructure equipment to Australia for sale to Australian government utilities and privatised organisations (25-year relationship),
    • an Australian group which distributes and manufactures payment systems equipment and gaming machine peripherals for sale into the gaming industry in Australia and internationally (20-year relationship),
    • an ASX-listed pharmaceutical manufacturer (19-year relationship),
    • an offshore investment management and advisory group with investments in Australia and internationally (14-year relationship),
    • a substantial privately-owned group which provides industrial services to heavy manufacturing industries (8-year relationship),
    • a debenture-issuing real estate development and sales group (8-year relationship),
    • one of the major Australian non-bank mortgage originators (6-year relationship), and
    • a Commonwealth taxing department (5-year relationship).

    David’s skill set includes following areas of law:

    • acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and alliances;
    • banking and finance;
    • building and construction;
    • commercial law and transactions;
    • commercial property leasing and leasehold estates;
    • corporations;
    • employment;
    • franchising;
    • insolvency – corporate and personal;
    • intellectual property;
    • investment and business structuring, and shareholder relationships and co investors;
    • master supply agreements;
    • probate and deceased estates;
    • public fund raising – debt and equity;
    • stock exchange rules – Australian and some overseas jurisdictions;
    • structured financial products;
    • takeovers;
    • trade practices – market power restrictions;
    • trade practices – consumer protection provisions and unconscionability; and
    • trusts – public and private.

    David was previously a partner at Church & Grace for 20 years.