David Burnton

Senior Associate

Qualifications: LLB (1st Class Honours), BA


David is an experienced employment and industrial relations lawyer.

David acts for both Australian and global clients across a wide range of industries. He largely acts for employers and provides succinct, commercial advice on restraint enforceability, restructuring, bullying, harassment, misconduct, performance management, enterprise agreements and industrial disputes.

Where litigation cannot be avoided, David represents his clients in proceedings before State and Commonwealth Courts and the Fair Work Commission. He had achieved favourable outcomes in unfair dismissal, general protections and restraints proceedings.

David has also developed particular expertise in managing and rectifying underpayments, and in dealing with complaints under the new whistleblower regime.

David was the recipient of a 30 Under 30 Award in the Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety Category, and is a sought after national speaker on a range of employment and industrial relation topics.

Professional Membership

  • Industrial Relations Society of Victoria
  • Law Institute of Victoria

Latest thinking

Employment & Workplace Relations | 21 May 2020

Federal Court imposes record underpayment penalty

In a record penalty, the Federal Court has fined three Hero Sushi outlets and their directors a total of $891,000 for underpaying workers and falsifying records. Karl Rozenbergs and David Burnton discuss the implications of this decision for employers.