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David Orme

senior associate, private clients | family law

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melbourne office +61 3 8615 9977

about David

David Orme, a former medic and medical researcher, brings a down-to-earth approach to his work helping individuals navigate what is for many, a once-in-a lifetime experience. With a deep understanding of the real and everyday challenges faced by his clients, David recognises that adversity often leads to our greatest strengths. David is practical and personable and enjoys developing tailored solutions for clients with both openness and dignity.

David understands the crisis of separation can feel without end. David aims to guide clients on the swiftest-possible return journey day-by-day. His approach frequently sees clients resolving matters in dispute resolution and negotiation, resulting out of extensive preparation with clients and other parties.

He has successfully concluded Family Law parenting and property matters both in and out of the courtroom. He acknowledges the complexities in such cases, whether they arise from the issues at hand, the personalities involved, or the need for individuals to make crucial decisions at a less than ideal moment in their lives. David’s goal is to help clients navigate through challenging times with care and understanding.

“I like people and enjoy working with authentic human beings. The legal journey can be a transformative one, and I take pride in helping our clients navigate challenging situations.”

Areas of Expertise

Family Law
Negotiating and mediation
Parenting disputes
Asset protection
Complex property disputes
Financial agreements – at the beginning, during, and after relationships
Child support agreements

leadership positions

Member – Law Institute of Victoria
Member – Law Council of Australia, Family Law Section

recent experience

  • Complex property Litigation – Trial in the FCFCOA

    Acted for an Applicant Wife who was found by the Court to have made significant contributions to the relationship via her bodily participation in extensive fertility treatments. The client unfortunately was not able to conceive however the contribution she made in her attempts was clearly an exceptional one. After the relationship ended the Respondent Husband came into a significant inheritance which was hidden during the earlier part of the proceedings.  The asset pool available for distribution was significantly enlarged once the Husband’s inheritance was brought to the attention of the Court and the Husband’s Mother was joined to proceedings as a result of the family’s efforts to conceal their arrangements.

  • Positive outcome for property and parenting conflict

    Complex 3-year high-conflict property and parenting litigation –ending in a trial in the FCFCOA. Acted for Applicant Husband: The matrimonial property was determined to be subject to a constructive trust and a third party (the Wife’s Father) was joined to proceedings. The outcome to our client was a significant share of the proceeds in the property once the portion was allocated to the third party by way of a trust and that the parties’ children remained living with our client.  Also successfully took possession of the family dog at an interim stage which was of immeasurable importance to the client and his children.

  • Successful outcome in relation to child custody

    Acted for a Respondent Wife in a parenting litigation. This concerned a child with significant needs. Case ended after Dispute Resolution Conference resulting in the Father relocating back to Melbourne from Queensland (instead of the child being relocated to Queensland). The Mother also successfully secured funds to obtain much-needed therapeutic assistance as part of the settlement.

  • Multi-million dollar settlement

    Acted for a de facto Wife in a multi-million-dollar settlement at the conclusion of a de facto relationship via a Financial Agreement.