Full Name: Mr David R J O'Brien
Phone: +61 3 9225 7777
Fax: 9225 8480
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers West
Room: 2402
Date of Admission: 6 May 1996
Called to the Bar: 25 May 2000
Nationally Accredited Mediator: 8 Oct 2015
Qualifications: B.Ec., LL.B.


David O’Brien completed his tertiary studies at Monash University and his articles at Garland Hawthorn Brahe in Melbourne in 1995. He was admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in the Supreme Court of Victoria on 6 May 1996. As a solicitor David worked at Garland Hawthorn Brahe, Gadens Lawyers and King & Wood Mallesons.

David signed the bar roll in May 2000 and read with Christopher Wren QC. His main areas of practice include land valuation and compensation, equity, property, planning and environment law as well as general commercial litigation and personal injuries, particular in relation to victims of institutional child abuse. He has appeared in the High Court, Supreme Court, County and Magistrates’ Courts, VCAT and other forums including Roplanning panels and inquiries. 

From November 2010 until November 2014 David represented Western Victoria in the Legislative Council of Victoria.

In 2017 David was one of four barristers to establish the first barristers chambers outside of Melbourne with the commencement of Walsh Chambers Geelong. 

    Areas of Practice


    Commercial Law

    • Building Law & Construction Law
    • Contractual Disputes
    • Property & Probate
    • Transport Law

    Criminal Law

    • Environmental
    • Property

    Environmental Law & Planning Law

    • Civil Enforcement
    • Merit Appeals
    • Mining

    Equity & Trusts

    • Family Provision
    • Real Property
    • Wills & Probate


    • Local Government

    Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

    • Royal Commissions

    Public Law & Administrative Law

    • Constitutional Law
    • Human Rights Law
    • Information Privacy
    • Judicial Review
    • Liquor Licensing
    • Merits Review

    Tax Law & Revenue Law

    • Land Tax
    • Stamp Duty

    Also Entitled to Practise in

    • High Court of Australia

    Committee Memberships

    • (Member) Supreme Court - The Victorian Compensation and Planning Users' Group
    From 17 Apr 2015, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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