David Jesser

Principal  |  Public Liability Insurance


(07) 3231 0641

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Dedicated to both his work and his clients, David is always reliable and retains his down-to-earth nature throughout all aspects of his work.

David heads the McInnes Wilson Lawyers Public Liability Insurance team. For 20 years, he has specialised in defending occupier’s liability, construction, transport, and public risk matters for insurance clients. He has a particular focus on obligations of principal contractors in workplace incidents, labour-hire and the contractual and insurance issues arising from those industries, and utilising the ACL mechanisms to assist insurance clients in their subrogated recovery actions.

In 2016, David was judged a “Pre-eminent Public Liability Lawyer” by Doyle’s Guide and was listed in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers in Australia for his work in Insurance Law.


CAREER highlights


  • Bachelor Of Laws, Queensland University Of Technology
  • Master Of Business Administration, Queensland University Of Technology
  • Master Of Laws, Queensland University Of Technology

Awards and recognition

  • Best Lawyers 2022 | Insurance Law
  • Best Lawyers 2021 | Insurance Law
  • Doyles Guide 2021 | Leading Queensland Professional Indemnity Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers 2020 | Insurance Law

community involvement

  • Member, Australian and New Zealand Institution of Insurance and Finance
  • Member, Queensland Law Society


Client Solutions

Professional Indemnity
Client problem

David's client faced a multi-million subsidence claim for which the insurer had refused indemnity, potentially delaying development and catastrophically damaging the business.

outcome achieved

David secured grants of indemnity from both the clients' insurer and the insurer of the builder and defrayed liability to other parties. His client went from facing millions of dollars in damages to paying one small excess. The firm's legal fees were also covered by insurance.

Client problem

David's client faced a multi-million catastrophic personal injury claim arising from circumstances where a worker on a Brisbane CBD high-rise construction site was crushed by a scissor lift, leaving him with a hypoxic brain injury after resuscitation on site

outcome achieved

David and his team were ultimately able to negotiate a resolution where their clients contributed only 5% toward an almost $15 million settlement.

Client problem

David's client faced the loss of business and significant premium income from a large client with considerable claims exposure who was dissatisfied with the client's management of a large claim.

outcome achieved

David ran the CEO of the insured through the ins and outs of the trial process and how the relevant evidence would play out in front of a judge. The insured left the meeting completely satisfied with the mutually agreed strategy and the conduct of the file to date. The client ultimately retained all of the insured's business at the next renewal.

"David is an incredibly polished legal practitioner. He’s highly pragmatic with a constant eye on getting matters concluded efficiently and on the best possible terms for his clients. He’s a great communicator, mentor and team player making him both an ideal boss and advocate. I’d highly recommend him to anyone."

David Jesser's INSIGHTS

Daydream Island Employer Liable After Employee Urinates on Co-Worker in Shared Employment Housing
10 Essential Cases for the Armoury of an Insurance Litigator
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What Is the Liability of the Social Host During COVID-19?

Employer Liability and Workers’ Compensation, Public Liability Insurance

When Is a Labour Hire Contract Not a Labour Hire Contract

Professional Indemnity Insurance

Erect Safe Back From the Dead
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(07) 3231 0641