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Admission Bar (NSW) 2001 Education Mr Chin completed a Master of Studies in Legal Research at the University of Oxford in 1995; and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Economics degrees at Macquarie University in 1994.
Areas of practice and experience
David Chin practices in the law of employment, labour law, occupational health and safety law, discrimination law, administrative law, and commissions and inquiries. He is a co-author of The Modern Contract of Employment, with Ian Neil SC, published by Thomson Reuters Australia. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer in employment law at the University of Sydney.
He commenced at the Bar in 2001.
He appears in a variety of State and federal courts, tribunals and inquiries, both at first instance and at the appellate level.
Before commencing at the Bar, he practiced as a solicitor at Jones Staff & Co (now known as WG McNally Jones Staff) in the areas of employment and industrial law, anti-discrimination and criminal law, and was employed as a legal officer at Unions NSW.
Ashby v Commonwealth of Australia (No 4)  FCA 1411 (abuse of Process)
O’Sullivan Partners (Advisory) Pty Ltd v Foggo  NSWCA 40 (discretionary bonus payments)
McDonald v The State of South Australia  HCATrans 25 (Mutual trust and confidence)
Gutnick v Bondi Mizrachi Synagogue (2009) 193 IR 191 (Specific performance of an employment contract)
Goodwin v Dick Smith Electronics Pty Ltd  AIRC 681 (Unfair dismissal)
Great Scott International Pty Limited (No 2) v Cosmetic Suppliers Pty Limited  NSWIRComm 358 (Unfair contract)
Steven Squires v Powerlan Ltd  NSWIRComm 354 (Unfair contract)
Ahmed Khan T/as Golden Horn Halal Meat Butchery v Prasad  NSWIRComm 183 (recovery of unpaid wages)
Hollingsworth v Industrial Court of NSW  NSWCA 209 (Reinstatement)
Colley v Futurebrand FHA Pty Ltd (2005) 63 NSWLR 291 (Unfair contracts)
Automotive, Food, Metals, Engineering, Printing and Kindred Industries Union v Forstaff Pty Ltd (2004) 132 IR 326 (Trade union representation)
Public Service Association and Professional Officers’ Association Amalgamated Union of New South Wales and Zoological Parks Board of New South Wales  NSWIRComm 175 (Award reclassification)
Re Crown Employees (New South Wales Fisheries Salaries and Conditions of Employment) Award (2003) 129 IR 369 (Application for award setting minimum staffing levels)
Tristar Steering and Suspension Limited v Industrial Relations Commission of New South Wales (2007) 158 FCR 104 (Validity of a Ministerial reference inquiry – section 109 inconsistency)
Building Professionals Board v Hans (No 2) (GD)  NSWACTAP 48 (Professional misconduct)
Occupational Health and Safety
Inspector James v Paul  NSWIRComm 82 (Appeal against application of s 10 Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999)
Inspector Spence v Gauci & Stephensons Cranes Pty Ltd  NSWIRComm 79 (Sentencing – crane operations)
Morrison v Liddell Coal Preparation Pty Ltd  NSWIRComm 46 (Sentencing – colliery holding)
Lorenzo and Santos v Inspector Peter Hayes  NSWIRComm 54 (Appeal following High Court judgment in Kirk v Industrial Court of New South Wales (2010) 239 CLR 531)
Inspector Hayes v Santos and Lorenzo  NSWIRComm 163 (Directors’ liability – crane operations)
First prosecution for unlicensed possession of explosives and explosive precursors under the Explosives Act 2003 (2008) (Appeared as prosecutor)
WorkCover Authority (NSW) (Inspector Maddaford) v Coleman (2004) 138 IR 21 (Director’s liability – workplace bullying)
WorkCover Authority of New South Wales (Inspector Downie) v Menzies Property Services Pty Ltd (2004) 136 IR 449 (Application of s 10 Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999)
WorkCover Authority of New South Wales (Inspector Buggy) v Weathertex Pty Limited (2003) 127 IR 60 (Appeal on sentence)
Commissions, inquiries and arbitrations
Operation Acacia – Inquiry concerning mining exploration licences 2013 (ICAC) (Appeared for the Commonwealth Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation)
Arbitration before the London Beth Din, Court of the Chief Rabbi (2009)
Investigation into Corruption in the Provision of Security Industry Training 2009 (ICAC) (Appeared for the Commissioner of Police)
Re Inquiry into matters relating to the availability of work at Tristar Steering and Suspension Australia Ltd (2007) 161 IR 50 (Appeared as junior counsel for the Minister for Industrial Relations)
Selected papers and publications
Books and articles
The Modern Contract of Employment, (with Ian Neil SC), Thomson Reuters Australia, 2012.
“High Court yet to resolve differences regarding Mutual Trust and Confidence” (with Ian Neil SC), Law Society Journal, Vol 48 No 4, May 2010, p 70.
“The State of Section 106” (with M Kimber SC), Australian Journal of Labour Law, Vol 21 No 1, April 2008, p 89.
“Transitional arrangements” in Australian Master Workplace Relations Guide, the Work Choices edition, 2nd and 3rd editions, CCH Australia Limited, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
“Fairness and Balance in Industrial Bargaining” (with Professor Ron McCallum and Anne Gooley) in M Bromberg and M Irving (eds), Australian Charter of Employment Rights, The Australian Institute of Employment Rights/Hardie Grant Books, 2007.
“Servant or Serf? Severance Pay on Transmission of Business and the Right to Choose an Employer”, Australian Journal of Labour Law, Vol 16 No 2, September 2003, pp 172-183.
“Employees or Independent Contractors?”, Law Society Journal, Vol 39 No 11, December 2001.
A Social Clause for Labour’s Cause: Global Trade and Labour Standards, Institute of Employment Rights (UK)/International Centre for Trade Union Rights, London, July 1998.
“Exhuming the Individual Employment Contract: A Case of Labour Law Exceptionalism”, Australian Journal of Labour Law, Vol 10 No 3, December 1997, pp 257-279.
“The Future of Mutual Trust and Confidence in Employment Contracts – Two Controversies”, paper presented at the Law Society of NSW Young Lawyers 2013 CLE Annual One Day Seminar, Hilton Hotel, Sydney, 23 February 2013.
“Dismissal and Damages for Breach of the Mutual Trust and Confidence Term”, paper presented at the 6th Biennial Australian Labour Law Association Conference, Canberra, 16-17 November 2012.
“The Forgottten Class – Independent Contractors in the World of Fair Work: A Media Industry Case Study”, paper presented at the Australian Labour Law Association Conference, Adelaide, 19-20 November 2010.
“Secondary Boycotts and section 45E of the Trade Practices Act”, paper presented at the 6th Annual Industrial Relations Workforce Conference, Menzies Hotel, Sydney, 3-4 December 2007.
“Employment Litigation after ‘Work Choices’: Causes of Action at Common Law”, paper presented at The Combined Legal Centres’ Group Employment Law Evening Seminar, Gilbert & Tobin Lawyers, Sydney, 20 November 2006.
“Transforming the safety net through the Australian Fair Pay and Conditions Standard”, paper presented at the Workplace Relations Law Reform seminar, IIR, Crowne Plaza Darling Harbour, Sydney, 20 March 2006.
“The Transition to Work Choices – An Overview of Post-Reform Awards and Agreements”, paper presented at the NSW Young Lawyers Annual Employment & Industrial Law One Day Seminar, Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney, 25 February 2006.
“The Legal and Political Dimensions of the Current Reforms”, paper presented at a symposium on The State Systems of Industrial Relations: Past, Present and Future, held by the Business and Labour History Group in the School of Business at the University of Sydney, 26 August 2005.
Since 1995, David Chin has held offices with various advocacy bodies and think tanks such as the International Centre for Trade Union Rights (a London based organisation with accredited status with the United Nations and the International Labour Organisation) and the Australian Institute of Employment Rights.