David Helvadjian accepts briefs in all areas of law. Given his many years working in strategy and management consultancy, David has a unique ability to marry his legal expertise and his strategy expertise to advise on the best possible outcomes for clients.
Since being called to the bar, David’s practice has encompassed a wide spectrum of areas, including defamation, criminal law, migration law, commercial law, insolvency law, employment law, torts, real property, public law, private international law, and constitutional law.
He has appeared in the High Court (led), the Full Federal Court (led), Federal Court (led/unled), Supreme Court of NSW (led/unled), District Court (led/unled) and the Local Court (unled) for hearings, motions and directions.
David began his career in regulatory compliance in Banking, covering white collar crime, misleading and deceptive conduct and various other banking and finance issues. David also spent approximately 15 years in strategy, management consultancy and other Banking roles.
Immediately prior to the Bar David was the Associate to the Hon. Justice Rares of the Federal Court of Australia, where he gained experience across the full spectrum of Federal Court matters.
David has a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours in Economics and Politics from the University of Sheffield in England and a Master’s in International Business with Commercial Law (with Merit) and a Juris Doctor, both from the University of Sydney. David graduated second in his Juris Doctor and was cited on the Dean’s List for Academic Excellence.
KDSP v Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs (2021) 95 ALJR 666; 392 ALR 186;  HCA 24 – administrative law, migration, for the Minister – led by Perry Herzfeld SC and Greg Johnson.
Bettencourt v Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs  FCAFC 172 – administrative law, migration, for the Minister – led by Greg Johnson
Registered Clubs Association of New South Wales v Stolz (No 3)  FCA 1557 – employment law, costs – for the defendant – led by Geoffrey Watson SC
Barilaro v Shanks-Markovina (No 3)  FCA 1100 – defamation, juries, statutory interpretation – for the defendant – led by Dr Matt Collins QC and Chris Parkin
Shrestha v Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs  FCA 802 – administrative law, migration, for the Minister – led by Greg Johnson
Barilaro v Shanks-Markovina (No 2) (2021) 393 ALR 417;  FCA 950– defamation, constitutional law, parliamentary privilege – for the defendant – led by Dr Matt Collins QC and Chris Parkin
Lewis v Battery Mineral Resources Ltd (in liq)  FCA 963 – corporations, winding up, application for appointment of special purpose liquidator – for the plaintiffs – led by Roger Marshall SC
Rader v Haines  NSWDC 610 – defamation, private international law – for the defendants – led by Matthew Richardson SC
Selected Business Conferences
“The Follower in the Leadership Equation: Looking at The Four Needs of Followers”
Manager to Leader Conference, Australia, Sydney, 20 June 2013
“Exploring the link between Customer Engagement and Employee Engagement” (Keynote), and
“Creating a metric for managing the employee-customer encounter” (Closing session)
Strategic Engagement conference, Melbourne 15 May 2012; Sydney, 17 May 2012
“More science than art: Attracting and selecting the right talent for your organisation”
AHRI (Australian Human Resources Institute) 2011 National Conference, Sydney, Australia, 7-8 June 2011
“The Science of Wellbeing”
AHRI Victorian Practice Day, Melbourne, Australia, 25th March 2011
“In the public interest? The new defence in NSW defamation law”
Law Society Journal, Issue 84, December 2021, p88-89.
From 1 July 2021 NSW defamation law has a new defence of publishing in the public interest.
This article discusses the almost identical defence in UK defamation law and how courts there have interpreted the requirements. It also discusses the things defendants need to consider to give themselves the best chance of establishing this defence in practice.
“Defamation Law and the new serious harm test”
Law Society Journal, Issue 81, September 2021, p80-81.
From 1 July 2021 NSW defamation law has a new ‘serious harm’ test. This test prevents a claimant bringing any new defamation action unless it passes this threshold test. This article reviews the judicial treatment of the same identically worded serious harm test in the UK.
“Is Your Bank Different? Probably Not.”
Gallup Press White Paper, June 2012; Authors: Jai Gill and David Helvadjian
Looking at the power of behaviours, not slogans, to differentiate Banks, based on global banking research.
“Executives: You’re Leaving Money on the Table.”
Gallup Business Journal, August 2012 issue; Authors: David Helvadjian and Allan Watkinson
Quantifies the financial power of emotional engagement over rational satisfaction
University of Sydney Law School
Juris Doctor (Dist.)
University of Sydney Business School
Master of International Business with Commercial Law (with Merit)
University of Sheffield, England
Bachelors’ Degree in Economics and Politics (Hons)