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David Blackburn

“We are used to going up against the big teams from other firms on transactions and our clients are delighted that they receive top quality advice without these large numbers of lawyers – it means value for them.”

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I do not believe that all client needs are all the same, nor are they necessarily similar. Therefore I do not approach each client with a pre-prepared answer to their problems. Rather I invest time examining the real issues that require attention, building a sound understanding of the client’s business, providing focus on what needs to be fixed and adopting a fresh way of looking at each project.
 

Also, clients are sure that they will not be swamped with teams of lawyers when they come to Addisons – we handle major client matters with small, highly skilled teams resulting in better value and lower cost for our clients. My experience and expertise for example is across all of the issues that may affect a commercial property project, including elements like stamp duty, financing or Foreign Investment Review Board approval – my clients readily access the full range of skills necessary to help them.


The results that we deliver to clients are always innovative, driven by the commercial objectives of the client, not simply a legal solution.


These have been my philosophies in advising clients since I was admitted as a solicitor in 1985, when I first joined Addisons. I was subsequently admitted to partnership here in 1991.
 

 

Qualifications

BA LLB - Macquarie University

Latest News
Addisons helps Bega win battle over peanut butter packaging
03 May 2019
On 1 May 2019 the Federal Court of Australia confirmed Bega Cheese’s right to continue to use the packaging get-up or trade dress associated with the peanut butter products that it acquired as part of its purchase of the Mondelez Grocery Business in 2017. Importantly, this gives Bega Cheese the right to continue to use the current packaging of its Smooth and Crunchy Peanut Butter products.
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Loot Boxes, Surprise Mechanics, and Kinder Eggs - How should loot boxes be regulated?
12 August 2019
Globally, several jurisdictions are in the process of considering, or have already considered, their regulatory regimes in respect of loot boxes and have reached differing views as to the best way to regulate them. In this focus paper, we consider Australian and international regulatory developments with respect to the regulation of loot boxes.
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Employment Law in Australia Overview
05 July 2019
In Australia, employment is primarily regulated by legislation at the Federal level. There are some areas, notably long service leave, which continue to be regulated at the State and Territory level.
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Two big cases involving big name brands, Penfolds and Bega
08 May 2019
When you are strolling the aisles of a supermarket or bottle shop, what makes you instinctively reach for a familiar brand? Why do you choose one company’s product and ignore the other similar-looking products sitting next to them on the shelf? Brand recognition and brand loyalty are central to a product’s profitability.
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My practice entails advising clients in the following areas of law:

 

  • Commercial property

  • Corporate and commercial

  • Hotel and resort development/management

  • Banking and finance
     

 

Qualifications

BA LLB - Macquarie University

Latest News
Addisons helps Bega win battle over peanut butter packaging
03 May 2019
On 1 May 2019 the Federal Court of Australia confirmed Bega Cheese’s right to continue to use the packaging get-up or trade dress associated with the peanut butter products that it acquired as part of its purchase of the Mondelez Grocery Business in 2017. Importantly, this gives Bega Cheese the right to continue to use the current packaging of its Smooth and Crunchy Peanut Butter products.
MORE INFORMATION
See More
Latest Knowledge
Loot Boxes, Surprise Mechanics, and Kinder Eggs - How should loot boxes be regulated?
12 August 2019
Globally, several jurisdictions are in the process of considering, or have already considered, their regulatory regimes in respect of loot boxes and have reached differing views as to the best way to regulate them. In this focus paper, we consider Australian and international regulatory developments with respect to the regulation of loot boxes.
MORE INFORMATION
Employment Law in Australia Overview
05 July 2019
In Australia, employment is primarily regulated by legislation at the Federal level. There are some areas, notably long service leave, which continue to be regulated at the State and Territory level.
MORE INFORMATION
Two big cases involving big name brands, Penfolds and Bega
08 May 2019
When you are strolling the aisles of a supermarket or bottle shop, what makes you instinctively reach for a familiar brand? Why do you choose one company’s product and ignore the other similar-looking products sitting next to them on the shelf? Brand recognition and brand loyalty are central to a product’s profitability.
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Mulpha Australia
I advised Mulpha on the redevelopment of the Hayman Island resort in the Whitsundays and on the disposal of the 5 star Melbourne Airport Hilton Hotel.
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InvoCare
My work with InvoCare has included all of the property related matters in connection with its acquisition of Bledisloe Group Holdings as well as in ongoing acquisition, disposal and leasing of property throughout Australia.
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Qualifications

BA LLB - Macquarie University

Latest News
Addisons helps Bega win battle over peanut butter packaging
03 May 2019
On 1 May 2019 the Federal Court of Australia confirmed Bega Cheese’s right to continue to use the packaging get-up or trade dress associated with the peanut butter products that it acquired as part of its purchase of the Mondelez Grocery Business in 2017. Importantly, this gives Bega Cheese the right to continue to use the current packaging of its Smooth and Crunchy Peanut Butter products.
MORE INFORMATION
See More
Latest Knowledge
Loot Boxes, Surprise Mechanics, and Kinder Eggs - How should loot boxes be regulated?
12 August 2019
Globally, several jurisdictions are in the process of considering, or have already considered, their regulatory regimes in respect of loot boxes and have reached differing views as to the best way to regulate them. In this focus paper, we consider Australian and international regulatory developments with respect to the regulation of loot boxes.
MORE INFORMATION
Employment Law in Australia Overview
05 July 2019
In Australia, employment is primarily regulated by legislation at the Federal level. There are some areas, notably long service leave, which continue to be regulated at the State and Territory level.
MORE INFORMATION
Two big cases involving big name brands, Penfolds and Bega
08 May 2019
When you are strolling the aisles of a supermarket or bottle shop, what makes you instinctively reach for a familiar brand? Why do you choose one company’s product and ignore the other similar-looking products sitting next to them on the shelf? Brand recognition and brand loyalty are central to a product’s profitability.
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Strata Renewal Plans and Strata Renewal Proposals – Will the redevelopment of redundant apartment buildings be more achievable for owners and developers?
16/3/2017
The Strata Schemes Development Act 2015 that commenced on 30 November 2016 offers significant benefits to the development industry by way of a new process that enables lot owners to end outdated strata schemes for sale or redevelopment purposes.
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Section 149 planning certificates: Shifting Sands
20/11/2014
Councils are currently required to include in section 149 planning certificates (Planning Certificates) information about whether or not the land is affected by a council or public authority policy that restricts development on the property because of the likelihood of risks such as coastal erosion and tidal inundation.
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Reforms: Duty payable on a Novation of an Option to purchase land
12/11/2014
The State Revenue Legislation Further Amendment Act 2014 (Act), and its imposition of transfer duty on nominations and novations involving options to purchase land in New South Wales, received royal assent on 23 October 2014 and is now law.
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'Easements of Necessity' – When the Land and Environment Court may be the more appropriate forum
25/9/2014
Developers need to consider carefully the most appropriate Court to apply for an order for an easement of necessity. Failure to do so can cause delays and incur further costs even if the easement is granted by the Court.
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Takeovers Panel applications – A delay in making an application could be fatal
12/8/2014
One of the main objectives of the Takeovers Panel is to determine corporate control disputes in a speedy manner. Consistent with this objective, parties considering making an application to the Panel should bear in mind the need to act without delay. There have been instances where a delay in making an application has led to the Panel declining to conduct proceedings.
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Are Bank Guarantees Really Unconditional?
11/8/2014
It is common for tenants under commercial and retail leases, as well as contractors under construction contracts, to provide a bank guarantee to the landlord or principal to secure the performance of its obligations under the relevant contract.
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Short Term Rental – When is the Law Broken?
6/8/2014
It is very likely that in many instances individuals are offering their properties for rent through websites such as airbnb and stayz without knowing whether or not they are breaking the law.
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Qualifications

BA LLB - Macquarie University

Latest News
Addisons helps Bega win battle over peanut butter packaging
03 May 2019
On 1 May 2019 the Federal Court of Australia confirmed Bega Cheese’s right to continue to use the packaging get-up or trade dress associated with the peanut butter products that it acquired as part of its purchase of the Mondelez Grocery Business in 2017. Importantly, this gives Bega Cheese the right to continue to use the current packaging of its Smooth and Crunchy Peanut Butter products.
MORE INFORMATION
See More
Latest Knowledge
Loot Boxes, Surprise Mechanics, and Kinder Eggs - How should loot boxes be regulated?
12 August 2019
Globally, several jurisdictions are in the process of considering, or have already considered, their regulatory regimes in respect of loot boxes and have reached differing views as to the best way to regulate them. In this focus paper, we consider Australian and international regulatory developments with respect to the regulation of loot boxes.
MORE INFORMATION
Employment Law in Australia Overview
05 July 2019
In Australia, employment is primarily regulated by legislation at the Federal level. There are some areas, notably long service leave, which continue to be regulated at the State and Territory level.
MORE INFORMATION
Two big cases involving big name brands, Penfolds and Bega
08 May 2019
When you are strolling the aisles of a supermarket or bottle shop, what makes you instinctively reach for a familiar brand? Why do you choose one company’s product and ignore the other similar-looking products sitting next to them on the shelf? Brand recognition and brand loyalty are central to a product’s profitability.
MORE INFORMATION