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David Sweet


David spearheads the Darwin Insurance Team. With a distinguished career in insurance law, David brings extensive expertise and a proven track record of delivering exceptional results for clients for over 30 years.
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David has over 34 years of experience in personal injury litigation including 28 years with worker’s compensation in the Northern Territory.

Clients value David’s ability to provide timely, accurate and pragmatic advice on complex insurance, workplace relations and health and safety issues.

His clients include:

  • many of the approved insurers in the Northern Territory,
  • the most significant self insurer, the Northern Territory of Australia;
  • the Nominal Insurer.

David practiced in Adelaide for 10 years before moving to Darwin in 1995 where he joined a leading local firm and became partner in 2002.  In 2013 David became a partner of a leading national firm before joining Finlaysons in 2024.

Career Highlights

  • A local council insurer – assisted with quantifying multiple property damage claims arising from a bushfire;
  • An employer – acted in defence of various workplace claims made by employees that arose out of the dredging of Darwin Harbour as part of the construction of the ConocoPhillips LNG plant;
  • A motor vehicle insurer – worked on several claims involving catastrophic injuries to foreign nationals;
  • A well-known Top End pearling company – represented the company in its first-ever occupational health and safety prosecution.
  • A workers compensation insurer – advised on a workers compensation claim in the Northern Territory where the worker had also made statutory compensation and common law claims for the same injury in Queensland.


David’s recent experience

  • Acting in all aspects of workers’ compensation and common law personal injury claims in the Northern Territory
  • Appearing before the Local, Work Health and Supreme Courts.
  • Acting as client relationship partner with most of the approved insurers and a significant self insurer.
  • Team leader of professional personnel dedicated to statutory compensation management.

David's Expertise

    • Australian Insurance Law Association Member NT Chapter (President)
    • Law Society of Northern Territory
    • Police Appeals Board (Chair) 2019 to present
    • Member, Work Health Advisory Council, 2008 to 2012
    • Member, Tourism Top End Membership Committee, 1997 – 2005
    •  Chairman of Disciplinary Tribunal, Darwin Basketball Association 1998 - 2005
    • Bachelor of Laws
    • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice