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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.

24 April 2014

In addition to the 191 Minter Ellison lawyers named in 2014 Best Lawyers Australia list, 23 of our partners have been singled out for an additional accolade – awarded the title of "Lawyer of the Year".

6 November 2013

The Full Federal Court handed down its appeal decision in MBI Properties Pty Limited v Commissioner of Taxation [2013] FCAFC 112 on 18 October 2013, regarding the GST consequences arising from the sale of leased residential property as a going concern.

26 April 2013

The New South Wales Government released today a regulation which prescribes the use of a standard form of retirement village contract, a general inquiry document and a revised disclosure statement. Use of these new documents is mandatory from 1 October 2013.

27 March 2013

Important amendments have been made to the Retirement Villages Act 1986 (VIC) introducing stringent disclosure requirements on owners and operators of retirement villages in Victoria. The amendments enable prospective residents to better compare retirement villages before signing a contract.

5 March 2013

The Retirement Villages Act 2012 (ACT) commenced on 4 March 2013, and while there was some question as to whether they would be ready on time, the Retirement Villages Regulations 2013 became available on the same day and are now also in effect.

The Act replaces the Fair Trading (Retirement Village Industry) Code of Practice 1999 and sets out the rights and obligations of residents and operators of retirement villages. It will apply to all prospective and current retirement village residents and operators in the ACT, but does not apply to 'aged care facilities' which are regulated by the Commonwealth Aged Care Act 1997.