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David Reid

Principal Lawyer, Newcastle

David is a Principal Lawyer in DWF's Corporate and Commercial team, and is based in our Newcastle office.
David Reid | DWF


David is a corporate and commercial lawyer, who also holds an accounting degree. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Newcastle, and a Diploma of Law from the University of Sydney. David has dedicated his practice exclusively to corporate and commercial law for over 20 years, with a specific focus on advising on mergers, restructures, incorporations, partnerships, trusts, joint ventures, commercial contracting and funds management.

The law and accounting qualifications that David possesses enable him to provide extremely commercial and practical advice, which also considers the financial and tax implications. David’s clients are generally New South Wales based medium-sized enterprises in the property, development, construction, health care and professional services sectors. They value his strong service ethic, and his ability to cut through to the issues that are most significant to getting their projects over the line.  David also does a significant amount of private client work for high net worth individuals, many of whom are Directors or “C”-level employees of these enterprises.

David is a family man, but also a keen sportsman with a long-lasting passion for basketball. He has represented as a player, coach and manager for New South Wales, Newcastle, Manly-Warringah and Port Macquarie. David has also furthered his dedication towards basketball by serving on various boards, including Newcastle Basketball, Basketball NSW, and Basketball Australia. David is the Deputy Chairman of Basketball Australia and is the Chair of Basketball Australia’s Finance, Audit, and Risk Committee. In 2016, he was elected as the representative for Australia on the Board of FIBA in Oceania, and is now the Vice President of  FIBA Oceania. In 2019, David became one of nine elected members to the World Central Board of FIBA (International Basketball Federation) as well as sitting on the Legal Commission of FIBA.


  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Property Council of Australia
  • World Central Board of FIBA (International Basketball Federation)


"We have had a close relationship with David over the past 15 years, using David for all our M&A activity including a whole company restructure. We recommend David regularly to our own clients to complete business succession and shareholder documentation. He's very practical and doesn't get bogged down in the documentation, facilitating agreeable outcomes for all parties. One of the qualities I like of David is that he gets the job done, always. He has a quality team and gives his personal attention to the important planning and execution of strategy for the client." Nicholas Hatherly, Managing Director, Australian Financial Risk Management Pty Ltd

"David has been working with The Monkeys Group of companies for a number of years, across corporate governance, property arrangements, supplier negotiation and business combinations. In all cases David has responded in a highly professional and timely manner, demonstrating a unique understanding of the ever-changing and sometimes challenging environment of creatively-led businesses. When required he has brought in other experts from the firm and in each case they have proven to be valuable assets in resolving matters. David is viewed not just as a supplier but a vital commercial partner to our businesses and has been a great sounding board to the businesses on a wide variety of matters." Brandon Bisnette, Chief Financial Officer, The Monkeys Group

"We have had a long and constructive relationship, spanning corporate work, professional indemnity, property and commercial building construction, dissolution of entities/partnerships, SMSF, estate planning, tax and state government matters. David's experience allows him to grasp complex matters and to work with clients in a collaborative and inclusive way so that you don't feel at arm's length or not part of the process. David's questioning mind, communication skills, hard worth ethic, "whatever it takes" attitude and "what if" approach are very helpful . He is loyal, upfront, and has a good team of loyal people around him." Tony Richmond, Principal, Crestwood Heights

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