David Nicholson


After completing his Law degree with Honours from Murdoch University in 1995, David did his articles training with Parker & Parker (now Freehills) and was admitted to practice in 1997. Subsequently, David undertook and completed a Doctoral Thesis at the University of Leiden in The Netherlands. His thesis was on Environmental Dispute Resolution, focusing on a comparative study of environmental mediation and litigation. His Doctoral degree was conferred on 13 January 2005.

David commenced working at McLeods in January 2004 and became a partner of the Firm on 1 July 2012.


  • Advice on legislative requirements, statutory interpretation and governance
  • Drafting local laws
  • Tender preparation and advice
  • Commercial disputes
  • Corruption and Crime Commission investigations
  • Rates recovery
  • Local government public liability 
  • Planning review applications in the State Administrative Tribunal
  • Planning scheme interpretation and drafting
  • Recovery of developer contributions
  • Contaminated sites
  • Climate change
  • Property related disputes
  • Commercial and community leases
  • Licence agreements for shared use of community facilities


Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (Hons) – Murdoch University (1995)
Bachelor of Asian Studies – Murdoch University (1995)
Doctor of Philosophy (Law) – University of Leiden, The Netherlands (2005)