David Bennett AC QC practices in the areas of appellate law generally, constitutional law, administrative law, revenue law, trade practices and competition law, among others. David has held various positions during his career, including Solicitor-General for the Commonwealth of Australia, President of the Australian Bar Association and also President of the NSW Bar Association. He has been a part-time member of the Australian Government’s Takeovers Panel and is recognized in various publications as a leader in the law.
Dr. Bennett was the Solicitor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, appointed for a five-year term in August 1998 and for a second five-year term in August 2003. In August 2008, Dr. Bennett returned to private practice at 5 Wentworth.
David Bennett AC QC was a member of 5 Wentworth between 1982 and 1998. Dr. Bennett was appointed as a Queen's Counsel in 1979 and practiced in the areas of appellate law generally, constitutional law, administrative law, revenue law, trade practices and competition law, among others. Dr. Bennett served as president of the New South Wales Bar Association from November 1995 to November 1997 and president of the Australian Bar Association from November 1995 to February 1997.
He has twice led groups of barristers to teach advocacy to young lawyers in Bangladesh. Dr. Bennett was appointed as an Officer within the Order of Australia on 12 June 2000 for service to the law and the legal profession in the areas of administration, education, and practice. Dr. Bennett was appointed a Companion in the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2008 for services to the law, particularly as Commonwealth Solicitor-General, through the provision of advice on matters of national interest and the international promotion of Australian legal services and education. He was also the recipient of a Centenary Medal in 2003.
In April 2014 David Bennett was named in Best Lawyers in Australia for Constitutional Law and Banking & Finance.