Welcome to Prof. Gillian Triggs

We were delighted to welcome Prof. Gillian Triggs to our Melbourne Office recently.

Following her recent position as the Human Rights Commissioner, Prof. Triggs will again be working with Stephen Davis on new international law work for our clients.

Stephen and Prof. Triggs have previously worked on a range of international law projects when Stephen was at King & Wood Mallesons

Season’s Greetings

Many thanks to all for your support of Davis Advisory in 2018.

It has been a great year and we are looking forward to 2019!

From all of us at Davis Advisory, we wish you a joyous and safe Festive Season and a Happy New Year!

Best Lawyers Listing 2018

We congratulate Stephen Davis for being recognised again this year as a top Australian lawyer in his field.

The Australian Financial Review in conjunction with the US Publication, Best Lawyers, released today the list of Australia’s Best Lawyers and Stephen was listed in two categories for Government Practice and Planning and Environmental Law.

This reflects the great team we have in place to support Stephen as the firm continues to grow in its 6th year of practice, offering leading Australian and multi-national clients its unique problem solving approach to legal, regulatory and commercial issues in the areas of planning, environment, property, project approvals and health safety.

For a boutique firm we continue to punch well above our weight and we thank our loyal clients for their continued support.

Davis Advisory offers new opportunities

Davis Advisory offers individuals an opportunity to thrive in a unique approach in law.  Davis Advisory is continually seeking exceptional candidates to join its team. If you have a strong work ethic, exceptional interpersonal skills we would like to hear from you.

We are regularly open for applications for as follows:

  • Paralegal
  • Graduates
  • Summer Clerkship
  • Solicitor
  • Associate
  • Senior Associate

Details can be sent to: reception@davisadvisory.com.au

Welcoming new graduates

Davis Advisory, an award winning boutique law firm specialising in complex environmental and planning matters, is pleased to announce the arrival of four new law graduates. Davis Advisory prides itself on being a firm which delivers innovative solutions for our clients across multiple areas of law and we believe these new additions will be key contributors in achieving this. Our new graduates are; Sarah Ward, Octavian Simu, Claire Findlay and Patrick Kelly who have all completed their law degrees at Monash University in 2017.

 We are very proud of them, and look forward to seeing these graduates succeed as they start their careers.

To China and back again…

It was with great pleasure that Stephen Davis was invited to speak at a conference in Changshu, China during January. This conference explored, through workshops and lectures the importance of “Good practices for Integrating Urban Development and Wetland Conservation”. Expanding on this the workshops provided great insight into the effects of development in urban wetlands, which in the past has led to these wetlands being left degraded and damaged. However, new technologies and recognition of the value of wetlands has seen some exciting initiative for developing sustainable in wetland areas.

It was a great honour to be invited by the Nanjing University Ecological Research Institute of Changsu to be a part of such an the workshops and we look forward to further partnerships with the university in the future.

Davis Advisory Move Into Collins St Office

After many months of fit-out works and much anticipation, it gives me great pleasure to announce the opening of our new office at 727 Collins St, Docklands. Our move marks the beginning of the next chapter for Davis Advisory as we move into our 3rd year of practice. At Collins Square we will join Marsh Mercer, the Commonwealth Bank, Transurban and soon KPMG and Maddocks.

The move to Collins Square was brought about by the firm’s continued growth over these past years and the arrival of two new partners, Catie Moore (from K&L Gates) and Meriel Rule (from Wesfarmers). However, I will be speaking more about Meriel’s arrival in a separate update.

The fit out, led by our COO Caroline Tanas, has moved against the trend of an open-plan office environment. The feedback we received from the team was that they wanted to return to a traditional-style office environment, where they were able to work quietly and more efficiently in their own space and yet also have open telephone conversations. This came about after working in open-plan environments at other top-tier firms and larger corporations.

A key element of our new office is its central communal area, which has a hot desk for clients and staff to use. There is also a traditional boardroom and a presentation suite, where we can present clients with our strategy on current issues in a theatre-style environment, rather than over a boardroom table. For lovers of Boston Legal, we couldn’t help but include two leather armchairs that overlook the city. I look forward to sharing this space and having great conversations with many of you in the times ahead. We are thrilled to be a part of the Collins Square development which, when completed, will be the largest commercial precinct in Australia and a great hub for commerce and entertaining.

Thank you to Caroline and her fit-out team, and to the Walker Corporation team who have proved to be a fantastic new landlord thus far. I look forward to showing clients through this space in the coming months.

Best Lawyers Listing 2015

The Australia’s Best Lawyers listing for 2015 was announced today in the Australian Financial Review. From over 450,000 evaluations, lawyers from more than 250 firms nationwide were selected by Best Lawyers: a United States peer-review company. Davis Advisory is pleased that we were listed in the Australia’s Best Lawyers 2015 in two categories: Planning & Environment and Government Practice.

Davis Advisory New Office Deal

I am pleased to announce that as of 1 March 2015 Davis Advisory will be moving its head office to new premises at 727 Collins St, Melbourne. We have just completed negotiations with Walker Corporation to move into brand new premises on level 21 of their $2BN Collins Square development. The Collins Square project is the largest of its kind currently under development in Australia and integrates 5 commercial towers, retail, public and civic spaces into one precinct.

It provides a great new platform for our continued development and further room to grow. It offers a great space for the team to work in a collaborative way but also to enjoy the balance of great sporting, restaurants and retail access. Being on Collins Street provides us with continued access to the city area for client meetings and yet it is exciting to be part of the amazing shift of the larger corporates down to the Docklands area. We will be sharing the new tower with Marsh Mercer, Commonwealth Bank and Transurban. KPMG and Maddocks move into the next tower in mid 2016. We look forward to our clients and colleagues visiting us in our new office in early 2015.

New Moscow Office Opens To Meet High Demand

I am writing to announce the opening of our new Moscow Office as part of our growing CIS practice. In response to client demand for assistance in the Commonwealth of Independent States (Содружество Независимых Государств (СНГ)) we now:

  • Have established an office in Moscow at Sadovaya Plaza (CBD); and 
  • Appointed Yulia Alter as the head of our CIS Practice Team.


Yulia is Russian born and educated at the prestigious Moscow State University where she obtained her Bachelor of Laws (Hons).  She has then worked as a lawyer in the CIS with various property and large corporate clients before relocating to Australia and completing her Australian law degree at Monash University and then working in the property sector.

Yulia’s CIS Practice is focused on a broad range of commercial and property matters, including large real estate developments, due diligence, advising on trade, export/import matters and commercial negotiations. 

Yulia has extensive contacts in the business and Government communities in the CIS, particularly in Moscow. She is maintaining a close eye on the current political situation and related economic developments happening in the region including the recent Sanctions imposed by the European Union on the Russian Federation and the Counter-Sanctions imposed on a range of Countries (including Australia) by the Russian Federation.


Introducing Yulia Alter

Yulia has forged a network of long-established relationships with leading business advisors across the CIS which allows her to assist our clients in the region by providing cost-effective advice and culturally appropriate and timely solutions specifically tailored for Australian businesses.


Trade & Investment Advice

The opening of our Moscow office to service our client base in the CIS adds to our existing capacity and offices in Asia including Hong Kong/China (E Liu & David Griffin), Indonesia (Dr Ian Gilmour & John Fetter), Vietnam (Nguyen Chinh) and Thailand (Steve Mercer).