SCU Staff Directory
Mr David Barnden
Current Appointment: Adjunct Fellow
Organisational Unit: Faculty of Business, Law and Arts
Telephone: 03 9607 8300
David is a Principal Lawyer at Equity Generation Lawyers, a incorporated legal practice specialising in climate change risk. David is involved in a number of public interest climate change cases in the Federal Court of Australia. He represents Katta O’Donnell and Mark McVeigh in two unique claims about climate change risks to sovereign bonds and superannuation funds. He also represents 8 students from around Australia bringing a class action against the Federal Environment Minister to protect young people from the climate change impacts of the proposed Vickery Extension Coal Project. Prior to establishing the firm in 2019 David was a principal lawyer at Environmental Justice Australia where he represented Guy and Kim Abrahams in Federal Court proceedings against CBA, Australia’s largest bank, for failing to disclose climate change risks to investors. David is experienced in litigating complex class actions. At Maurice Blackburn he represented group members in proceedings against Gunns, Nufarm, Treasury Wine Estates and Cash Converters International. David holds degrees in Law and Applied Science (Coast Management) from SCU.