David Deller Portrait

David Deller

Bar roll 2009 Admitted 1997
  • Commercial Law Tort Law
  • Public Law
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David Deller specialises in building and construction law and planning and environment law

David is also regularly briefed in local government and commercial matters.

Building and Construction

David completed an Engineering degree in the 1980s and worked for many years as a civil engineer before commencing at the Bar. His work in this area covers: all types of claims, disputes and legal proceedings between owners, contractors/builders, subcontractors, consultants (including engineers, architects, building surveyors) and insurers (including public liability, professional indemnity and home warranty insurers); claims and adjudications under the Security of Payment Act; Building Act matters; and domestic and international arbitrations. 

Planning and Environment 

David’s work in the planning and environment law area involves acting in, and advising on, the following types of matters: merits review and enforcement order matters under the Planning and Environment Act; merits review proceedings concerning EPA licences, works approvals and pollution abatement notices (PANs);  planning panels; Supreme Court proceedings including appeals from VCAT decisions and judicial review matters; clean up notice matters, including enforceability and proceedings to recover costs and expenses incurred to comply with clean up notices; and prosecutions under the Environment Protection Act and the Planning and Environment Act His work in this area has an environmental focus. 

He holds a Master of Environmental and Local Government Law degree and worked as a solicitor at the EPA. Many of David's cases involve contaminated land issues, landfills, recycling or resource recovery facilities and the application and interpretation of EPA publications, policies, regulations and procedures. He has also been involved with many EPA prosecutions  for pollution, industrial waste, breach of licence and similar offences. 

Local Government and Commercial Law 

David is also regularly briefed in: local government matters including (1) Council prosecutions for Building Act, Domestic Animals Act and Public Health and Wellbeing Act offences, (2) claims against Councils and (3) proceedings seeking judicial review of Council decisions; and commercial cases including contract disputes, professional negligence, retail or residential tenancy cases and urgent injunction proceedings.

 Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation


Chambers & Clerk

Isaacs Chambers
Level 12 Room 11

555 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Jane King

03 9225 8558


Commercial Law
  • Building & Construction
  • Commercial Arbitration
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Insurance
  • Residential & Retail Tenancies
Tort Law
  • Negligence
  • Professional Negligence
Public Law
  • Environment
  • Planning & Local Government



Master of Environmental and Local Government Law

Bachelor of Engineering (Civil)

Diploma in Law, Master of Laws (Melb)



New South Wales 

Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia