David Burrell


David is one of the most senior and experienced specialist Family Lawyers in Australia – and the most senior in Adelaide –  having practised principally in Family Law since his admission to practise in 1972 as a 23 year old. David set up practice on his own account in 1974 and since the introduction of the Family Law Act in Australia in 1976 has practised exclusively in Family Law. He is a platinum member of the Law Society of South Australia.

David’s enthusiasm for the practise of Family Law and representing his clients has never waned. Perceived by others as a tough and uncompromising litigator and negotiator, he is driven by a desire to get the best possible result (both financially and personally) for clients.

His experience, interest and speciality is acting for high net worth individuals or their spouses in matters that are complex, whether financially or personally. His experience suits him well unravelling complex corporate and trust structures.

He continues to develop his knowledge for clients relating to niche areas in Family Law such as the tax aspects of settlements, superannuation issues, child support trusts, innovative pre-nuptial and post nuptial agreements, the complexities of valuations and cases involving international jurisdictional issues.

Having been a member of the Law Society of South Australia Family Law Committee for many years, these days he is an enthusiastic attendee of Family Law conferences, both in Australia and overseas, to ensure he is always up to date with the latest local and overseas developments. He is an energetic member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, a Notary Public and one of only two South Australian solicitors to be a Fellow of the prestigious International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL).

He continues to write and speak on Family Law issues.

He has and maintains excellent contacts and friendships with Family Lawyers all over Australia and overseas.

He is described in the 2015 and 2016 editions of the respected Doyle’s Guide to the legal profession as “preeminent” amongst Adelaide Family and Divorce Lawyers.


Favourite Foods
Thai / BBQ / Italian
Favourite Drinks
Big reds
Favourite Restaurants
Jolleys Boathouse / Amalfi / Chin Chin (Melb)
Favourite Travel Destinations
London / Paris / New York
Favourite TV Shows
Big Bang Theory / Ab Fab
Favourite Music
Stones / Dusty Springfield / Creedence /Beach Boys / Billy Thorpe
(only dead people according to his children!)
Doing lunch / doing coffee / shopping / big cities
Nothing particularly
Keith Richards
Travelling / reading / wife
(well, you can’t say sex and booze!)
Favourite Quote
If you think an expert is expensive, wait ’til you hire an amateur” – Red Adair