David Ellenby

Partner. Melbourne.

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David Ellenby

David has extensive experience in a broad range of property and development transactions including acquisitions, disposals, 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 and is at the forefront of the property industry’s transition to digital technologies.

He is recognised by clients for his commercial driven approach and warm, personable nature, as well as his ability to provide direct and practical advice on even the most complex of issues.

David has extensive experience in a broad range of property and development transactions including acquisitions, disposals, 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 and is at the forefront of the property industry’s transition to digital technologies.

He is recognised by clients for his commercial driven approach and warm, personable nature, as well as his ability to provide direct and practical advice on even the most complex of issues.

“In 20 years in the industry, I’ve come across none better.” Sales Manager, ASX 50 client
David Ellenby

David's Expertise

  • 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 $400m, 375ha greenfield site in Wyndham Vale. Corrs has been retained to advise on the property delivery aspects of the first stage (650 lots).
  • Yarra’s Edge (Mirvac) Advised Mirvac Docklands in relation to the acquisition of stages under a Project Delivery Agreement with Development Victoria. Ongoing advice through the life cycle of multiple residential apartment towers, medium density houses and public infrastructure.
  • 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.
  • 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 funding and development agreement. Developed contracts of sale for the private dwellings (“off the plan” sales) and advised on subdivisions and conveyances.
  • Telstra Acted in the largest property lease agreement in the history of Australian commercial property transactions involving three strategic CBD locations (242 Exhibition Street in Melbourne, 310 Pitt Street and 231 Elizabeth Street in Sydney) comprising more than 115,000 square metres of office space.
  • KordaMentha Advised on the sale of freehold land, water rights and leasehold interests associated with Timbercorp’s forestry, almond and olive assets.

David's Leadership

  • Director Keysborough Golf Club
  • Member Law Institute of Victoria

What others say

  • “The commercial and prompt approach all round certainly contributed to a speedy and positive result, which we appreciated.” Senior Legal Counsel, multinational developer
  • “He is approachable and accessible, adapting his style and language as appropriate to the audience and topic.” CEO, not-for-profit housing provider
  • “The advice provided and work done by David on the legal documentation was instrumental in the success of the project.” Property industry client
  • “Australian Property & Real Estate Rising Stars’” Doyle’s 2016
  • “Best Lawyer - Real Property Law” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2020

David's Thinking