David is a Solicitor based in our Maroochydore office and joined the firm as a law clerk before qualifying as a solicitor. David specialises in native title law and works closely with Michael Neal in this jurisdiction.
David has always had a keen interest in native title and was awarded a First Class Honours for his thesis on the Timber Creek compensation case.
David has gained a wide range of experience across the firm’s other core practice areas, including planning and environment, coal seam gas and mining law.
David loves helping clients through complex negotiations and the challenge of finding exactly the right word to suit the situation.
In his spare time David loves reading, writing and performing poetry and spending time with his family.
- Advising native title claimants and Aboriginal parties on native title and cultural heritage matters under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) and Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003 (Qld), including drafting native title claims and advising on Cultural Heritage Management Plans.
- Advising land owners in relation to Conduct and Compensation Agreements and land access matters under the Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Act 2014 (Qld) and Mineral Resources Act 1989 (Qld).
- Advising landholders in relation to environmental law issues relating to groundwater, impacted water bores and “make good” arrangements under the Water Act 2000 (Qld).
- Advising land owners in relation to environmental law issues relating to land rehabilitation, noise and dust nuisance and vegetation management under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (Qld), Vegetation Management Act 1999 (Qld) and the Nature Conservation Act 1992 (Qld).
- Advising clients in land resumption matters under the Acquisition of Land Act 1967 (Qld).
- Advising on matters relating to the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (Qld) and Planning Act 2016 (Qld), including use categorisation, development assessment criteria, lapsing, minor changes, lawfulness of conditions and development offences.