David Crocker signed the Bar Roll on 1 October 2003. In 1996 he was Associate to Justice Duggan and was admitted to practice after completing articles with Mallesons Stephen Jaques (as it then was) in Melbourne in 1997.
David has a general commercial and civil litigation practice, with a particular interest and experience in probate and estate litigation, defamation and building/construction disputes.
Since 2016 David has been recommended by Doyle’s Guide and in 2018 he was recommended as pre-eminent junior counsel in South Australia for his expertise and abilities in wills and estates litigation, disputes and contested matters. He is currently enrolled in a LLM (Wills & Estates) program through the NSW College of Law (expected to complete 2019).
He recently has advised and appeared in Supreme Court and District Court matters involving defamation, rectification of a will, a challenge to testamentary capacity; claims for Inheritance Family Provision, and a property transfer intended to defraud unsecured creditors. David was involved in litigation concerning the construction of Adelaide's desalination plant. He was an Investigator for the Mullighan Inquiry into Children in State Care Commission of Inquiry and a Senior Investigator for the Children on the APY Lands Commission of Inquiry into Sexual Abuse. He also lectures in the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice course and previously has tutored in Legal Research, Civil Procedure, and Advocacy & Evidence at the University of Adelaide. Whilst working for Mallesons, he tutored in Constitutional and Administrative Law at Newman College, University of Melbourne.
In a previous life, David was a newspaper journalist working in Adelaide, Melbourne and for The Times, London. He is now a reporter for the Australian Succession & Trust Law Reports. He has presented a paper to the State conference of the Australian Lawyers’ Alliance on the Defamation Act and during his law studies he also was an assistant editor, Corporate and Business Law Journal, University of Adelaide, and an editorial committee member of the Adelaide Law Review.