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David Watt

Fax +61.7.3233.0900

Mr. Watt has more than 30 years experience in managing major litigation matters, ranging from trade practices and takeover disputes to tort and criminal law. His principal area of practice involves representing medical and other professionals in civil claims for negligence, before disciplinary boards and tribunals, in coronial inquests, and in prosecutions.

Mr. Watt acts in indemnity disputes and provides advice on policy issues. He also has broad litigation experience including defending professionals in criminal prosecutions ranging from fraud to sexual assault and manslaughter. Mr. Watt's commercial litigation experience covers banking and insolvency litigation, corporate litigation, trade practices litigation, and taxation disputes. In addition to litigious matters, he has advised public and private companies on commercial and corporate governance matters including advice regarding mergers and acquisitions, directors' duties, and general compliance with corporations legislation. Mr. Watt's clients include large Australian indemnity insurers.


  • Named Brisbane Medical Negligence Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2013 and 2018.
  • Named Brisbane Health & Aged Care Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2016. 
  • Recognised as one of Australia's leading health & aged care lawyers (2012 – 2018), medical negligence lawyers (2013 – 2018) and insurance lawyers (2018), Best Lawyers.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Mr. Watt has been the legal representative on the Queensland Children’s Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee for more than 10 years
  • Acting for an Australian medical insurer in its Queensland catastrophic personal injury claims for over 15 years.
  • Acting for a major religious body in numerous claims for personal injury caused by abuse.
  • Successfully representing the defendant radiology practice Queensland X-Ray in multiple Supreme Court proceedings for personal injury by a barrister (Di Carlo v. Dubois & Others).
  • Acting for the Director of Medical Services at a Queensland hospital in successful proceedings to have a commission of inquiry stayed for apprehended bias.
  • Acting for brewing company in a successful defence in the Australian High Court of a Trade Practices dispute (Castlemaine Tooheys Ltd v. Williams & Hodgson Transport Pty Ltd).
  • Acting for owners of saleyards in the successful defence in the Australian Federal Court of a claim of anti-competitive behaviour (Dowling v. Dalgety Australia Limited).