Location(s): Sydney
Qualification(s): LLB, B App Sc

David Barnden is an Associate in Maurice Blackburn's class actions department in Sydney. He investigates and litigates shareholder class actions on behalf of everyday Australians. David is currently working on:

David has also been part of legal teams that have successfully resolved claims for misleading or deceptive conduct against:

  • National Australia Bank (NAB Ltd) for $115 million on behalf of over 15,000 group members
  • Transpacific Industries Group Ltd on behalf of over 600 group members
  • Nufarm Ltd that settled for $46.6m, and
  • AWB Ltd following the Iraq oil for wheat scandal.

David was also a part of Maurice Blackburn's legal team that represented Aid/Watch in a ground-breaking High Court appeal.

David has a strong focus on social responsibility and fighting against the many injustices inflicted upon the most vulnerable people in society.

“My focus on class actions comes from my strong desire to achieve redress for the kind of egregious corporate misconduct that often remains hidden,” says David.

“Frequently, this misconduct affects large numbers of people who, individually, might have limited abilities and resources to fight against well-moneyed corporate interests. Together, they can seek this redress under a class action.”

David holds Bachelor degrees in Laws and Applied Science majoring in Environmental Management. He started his career working with non-governmental organisations representing communities with social and environmental concerns, including the Center for Human Rights and Environment in Argentina and BankTrack in the Netherlands. He then moved into financial services. He was attracted to Maurice Blackburn’s social justice ethos, and joined the firm in 2009.

David rates his success in helping large numbers of often-vulnerable people under the class actions process as one of the most rewarding aspects of working at Maurice Blackburn.

Analytically minded, David’s strengths include his legal research skills and knowledge of consumer credit legislation, the continuous disclosure regime and class actions framework.

Accreditations & memberships

  • Law Society of NSW member
  • Solar Citizens steering committee member
  • Jubilee Australia former Board member