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David McElhone

David McElhone is a real estate lawyer with experience in a wide range of property developments, transactions and investment structuring across diverse asset types.

His practice encompasses commercial, residential, retail, industrial and university developments and related property transactions, complex strata and community schemes, aged care and retirement villages, hotels and tourism as well as leasing.

David has extensive experience in tax and stamp duty effective structures, real estate investment trusts, foreign investment, joint ventures and other contractual and financing arrangements.

Some long-standing clients include American Express, ANZ, Australand, Singapore Government Investment Corporation, Lend Lease, Macquarie Group, and Westpac.

David has been consistently recognised for his leading real estate expertise in numerous independent legal guides.

A regular speaker at industry conferences, David is a member of and is on or has been on advisory committees of the Property Council of Australia, the Retirement Villages Association, the Property Industry Foundation, and the Urban Development Institute of Australia.


  • BComm, LLB


  • NSW
  • ACT
  • VIC
  • QLD

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, Property Council of Australia
  • Member, Formerly on Board of Advisers, Property Industry Foundation
  • Formerly on Residential Development Committee of Property Council of Australia
  • Member and NSW Committee Member, Retirement Village Association of Australia
  • Member, NSW Senior Living Committee for Urban Development Institute of Australia 

Awards and Recognition

  • Leading Individual, Real Estate - Chambers Asia Pacific: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

    David McElhone is known for advising on a diverse range of matters from property developments and community schemes to foreign investments - Chambers Asia Pacific 2015

    In recent highlights, David McElhone advised Mirvac on the sale of its hotel and resort management business to Ascendas, a complex cross-border matter. He has over 25 years' experience on foreign investment, property developments, property trusts and leasing issues - Chambers Asia Pacific 2014

    David McElhone operates from the Sydney office and is well known as a specialist in aged care and retirement home-related matters. He also advised Westpac on the relocation of its headquarters to a new office tower in Melbourne, and acted for Mirvac on the sale of its hotel management business to Accor - Chambers Asia Pacific 2013
  • Leading Individual, Real Estate - Chambers Global: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Recommended, Real Estate - PLC Which Lawyer?: 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Lawyer of the Year (Australia), Retirement Villages and Senior Living - Best Lawyers: 2014
  • Recommended, Retirement Villages and Senior Living - Best Laywers: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
  • Recommended, Real Property - Best Lawyers: 2016
  • Recommended, Property & Real Estate - Doyles Guide: 2016