David Bannerman

David Bannerman

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David Bannerman is the principal of Bannermans Lawyers, Sydney’s leading Strata Law firm, providing specialised legal services for the Strata industry, the Development industry, the Construction industry and the Insurance industry.

David is a qualified lawyer. He is an Accredited Property Law Specialist with the Law Society of New South Wales and has over 15 years extensive experience in all aspects of property law and building litigation.

David has a keen interest in education and training. He demonstrates his commitment by regularly presenting education seminars to lawyers, experts, certifiers and strata managers. Additionally, David is a Director of Strata Community Australia (NSW) and Chairman of the code of conduct committee.

His experience of the industry and in the courts enables him to identify and provide training on current strata issues and changes in the law in a practical and helpful way to both lawyers and strata managers.



  • LPAB Dip.Law
  • Graduate Diploma of Law (Sydney)
  • Accredited Specialist in Property Law (NSW)
  • CPP40516 - Certificate IV in Strata Community Management
  • CPP30416 - Certificate III in Strata Community Management
  • TAE40110 Qualified Trainer and Assessor - Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • Certificate of Accreditation - SCA NSW Fellow Strata Service Provider FSSP - Level 2
  • Member of the Law Society (NSW)
  • Member of Australian College of Community Association Lawyers Inc (ACCAL)
  • Member of Standards Australia Committee BD-085 Inspection of Buildings
  • Nominated by Best Lawyers Australia - Construction/Infrastructure Law 2015, 2016 and 2020
  • Director of Strata Community Australia (NSW)
  • Chairman of the Policy and Legislation Committee - Strata Community Australia (NSW)

Currently lecturing to

  • Architects
  • Australian College of Community Association Lawyers
  • Australian Institute of Building Surveyors
  • Australian Institute of Builders
  • Builders and MBA
  • City of Sydney Law Society
  • Lawyers, Experts, Certifiers, Strata Managers and Lot Owners
  • Strata Community Australia (NSW)
  • Real Estate Institute of New South Wales
  • Television Education Network
  • The College of Law
  • The Law Society of New South Wales
  • University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law Continuing Legal Education


ABC News Sunday NSW,  ABC, 4 December 2016. Television

Bannerman D,  Investing in a Strata Unit - New Rules for Tenants Proposed - Australian Property Investor, 7 March 2016

Bannerman D, Strata Managers - New Options for NSW Options - Australian Property Investor, 4 March 2016

Bannerman D; Robertson B, 2016, The Builder, the Developer and its Architect, Master Builder: Official Magazine of the Master Builders Association of NSW, Issue Six, January - March 2016, Pg. 50

Bannermans D, NSW Strata By-laws - What Investment Property Owners Need to Know - Australian Property Investor, 10 February 2015

Bannerman D, Common Property Maintenance - New Laws May Resolve Some Old Problems - Australian Property Investor, 11 January 2016

Bannerman D, You Can Sell or Redevelop a Strata Building in NSW Even if Some Owners Don't Agree - Australian Property Investor, 14 December 2015

Bannerman D, Renovating Strata Units - New Laws, New Opportunities - Australian Property Investor, 8 December 2015

Bannerman D, 2015, Strata Investors - Beware! Proposed New Strata Law Reform Affects You - Australian Property Investor, 12 October 2016

Bannerman D, 2015, Proposed Strata Reform Fails to Hit the Mark - Property Observer, 23 September 2015

Bannerman D, 2015, How to Minimise Building Defect Risks - Australian Property Investor, 2 July 2015

Bannerman D, 2015, Top Ten Tips for Buying Off the Plan - The Real Estate Conversation, 27 April 2015,

Bannerman D; Saw S, 2015, How Secure is Your Strata Scheme? - Inside Strata, March 2015, Pg. 16

Bannerman D; Saw S, 2015, Security Cameras - Who is watching and listening to you? - Inside Strata, March 2015, Pg. 16 

Robertson B; Bannerman D, 2014, High Court Rules No Duty of Care for Builders, Inside Strata, 2014 December Issue - Safety, Pg. 12 - 13

Robertson B; Bannerman D, 2014, What Do Builders Need to Consider When Advertising?, Master Builder: Official Magazine of the Master Builders Association of NSW, Issue Five, November - December 2014, Pg. 40

Earls T; Bannerman D, 2014, When the Home Warranty Insurer Comes Knocking, Master Builder: Official Magazine of the Master Builders Association of NSW, Issue Four, September - October 2014, Pg. 92

Pollinger, M; Bannerman, D, 2014, Home Building Act Statutory Warranties - What is the Two Year Warranty for Non Structural Defects Worth?, Strata Live - Autumn/Winter Edition 2014, Pg. 44 - 45

Pollinger, M; Bannerman, D, 2014, Was 2013 the Most Legislated Year for Property?, Real Estate Journal, Vol 65/08, August 2014, Pg. 21

Pollinger, M; Bannerman, D, 2014, New Privacy Laws, Master Builder: Official Magazine of the Master Builders Association of NSW, Issue Three, June - July 2014, Pg. 33 - 34

Bjerkhamn, S; Bannerman, D, 2014, What Do I Own & What is Common Property?, Community Lifestyle Magazine - Winter 2014, Pg. 14 - 15


Mentions in the Media

Puddle sets off epic dog fight - The Australian, 22 August 2020

NSW opens doors to thousands of defect claims - Australian Financial Review, 15 June 2020

NSW building reforms 'step one of 100' to restore confidence in sector - Sydney Morning Herald, 24 October 2019

Opal Tower builder Icon put aside $1 million for building defects but has spent $24 million so far - ABC News, 29 August 2019

First National real estate advises landlords to be pet-friendly on RN Breakfast - ABC Radio, 29 August 2019

'We've had celings collapse': Sydney's $30 million in defect payouts revealed - Sydney Morning Herald, 6 July 2019

Building defects 'crisis' not fixed by government's package: lawyers - Sydney Morning Herald, 29 June 2019

Buyer beware: Warnings of 'rorts' for new apartment buyers - Domain, 22 April 2019

Third of new units worth less than owners have to pay for them - news.com.au, 26 November 2018

Owners to take-out 2nd mortgages for flammable cladding repairs - Australian Property, 13 September 2018

Apartment owners face huge bills to replace flammable cladding - Australian Property, 21 August 2018

'Cladding is the asbestos of 2017': experts fear apartment cladding crisis - Domain, 1 September 2017

NSW Building Owners to Cover Costs on Cladding Rectification, Values at Risk - Australian Financial Review, 29 August 2017

'The Bad Stuff is Cheap': Apartment Boom Leaves Sydney Facing 'Dire Consequences' if Fire Hazards Left Unaddressed - Domain, 24 August 2017

D-Day looms for apartment residents, Airbnb hosts with NSW to table short-stay letting report on RN Breakfast - ABC Radio, 18 April 2017

What Strata Occupants and Investors need to be aware of - Global Business Winter Issue 2016, 23 December 2016

Apartment giant Meriton selling strata business due to changes to NSW laws - Domain, 29 September 2016

Savvy investors see big profits in new strata rules - Australian Financial Review, 13 August 2016

Legal Q & A: Your legal questions answered - Your Investment Property, December 2015

Forced vendors risk being short-changed under NSW strata laws, lawyer warns - Financial Review, 19 October 2015

Strata Investors - Beware! Proposed new strata law reform affects you - Australian Property Investor, Online API, 12 October 2015

Proposed strata reforms fail to hit the mark: David Bannerman - Property Observer, 23 September 2015

Sydney couple win two-year battle to move dog into apartment block  - Domain, Sydney Morning Herald, 4 July 2015

TPG pushes on with broadband ambitions - Financial Review, 7 January 2015

MP Alex Greenwich concerned over Altair audio recording devices - Domain, 21 December 2014

State shakes up warranty cover for consumer home protection - St George & Sutherland Shire Leader, 23 December 2014

NSW home owners' dodgy construction claims curbed by government - Property Observer, 18 November 2014

NSW hands builders and developers rents, again - Macro Business, 10 June 2014



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