David Ellenby




David has extensive experience in a broad range of property and development transactions including acquisitions, disposals, mixed-use developments, title structuring, complex industrial, commercial and retail leases, water rights and infrastructure projects.

David has a particular focus on 'cradle to grave' mixed-use developments.

David is a Director of the Keysborough Golf Club.

Key deals

The Eastbourne (Mirvac)

Advised Mirvac Victoria through the competitive tender process for its appointment under a Project Development Agreement for the redevelopment of the Dallas Brooks Hall. David continues to advise in relation to the delivery phase of the iconic 250 apartment building.

Windermere (Country Garden Australia)

Country Garden Australia’s first acquisition in Victoria is a A$400 million, 375ha greenfield site in Wyndham Vale. Retained to advise on the property delivery aspects including domestic building act compliance, establishment of the display village and structuring.

University of Melbourne

Advising University of Melbourne in relation to its purchase of a new site for its proposed Engineering Campus in Fishermans Bend. The complex negotiations include a number of ancillary agreements, including a ground lease for early construction.

Yarra’s Edge (Mirvac)

Advising Mirvac Docklands in relation to the acquisition of stages under a Project Delivery Agreement with Development Victoria. Provided ongoing advice through the life cycle of multiple residential apartment towers, medium density houses and bespoke structuring and owners corporation compliance for a public/private asset.


Advised VicTrack in relation to the over station development at South Yarra Station. Structuring, security, access, maintenance obligations and interference with the rail operations were all fundamental issues.

Housing First (formerly Port Phillip Housing Association)

Advised on its Ashwood Chadstone Gateway Project, the largest ever development by the not-for-profit sector in Victoria. Reviewed and negotiated a funding and development agreement. Developed contracts of sale for the private dwellings (off-the-plan sales) and advised on subdivisions and conveyances.


Advised on the sale of freehold land, water rights and leasehold interests associated with Timbercorp’s forestry, almond and olive assets.