David Burrell

Founder/ Senior Consultant

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 1975 has practised exclusively in Family Law. He is a platinum member and a recognised senior 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.

He has been a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia for more than 30 years, a Notary Public for 40 years and was admitted 20 years ago as one of the limited number of Australians to be a Fellow of the prestigious International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL).

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

He is described in the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Doyles Guide to Leading Adelaide Family & Divorce Lawyers as “preeminent” and in 2017 and 2018 as one of a very select number of leading SA Family Lawyers in High Value & Complex Property Matters.

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

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