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David Ford

David Ford


Phone: (02) 9291 7134

International Phone: (+61 2) 9291 7134

Location: Sydney


David’s knowledge of the law is matched by practical experience. He has been on the board of many companies, an independent school (where he was the Chair) and other not-for-profits. He continues to serve in this way.

David practises extensively for organisations in the not-for-profit sector. He is known for his expertise in education law. He acts for many independent schools and other educational institutions throughout Australia. He consults to the boards of schools and charities on governance issues and regularly presents seminars to school teachers and administrators on education law issues. He is an experienced workplace investigator.

David has presented at conferences in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Belgium, the Czech Republic, New Zealand and throughout Australia. In addition, he has also published numerous papers on topics as varied as student rights, teachers’ liability, teachers/counsellors and confidentiality, bullying, outdoor education, employment, discrimination, LGBTI and transgender students, child protection and investigations.

“I love helping organisations that seek to make a positive difference in people’s lives. It is so encouraging to see what educational institutions and other charities are doing to make a difference in the lives of children and young people. It is always challenging to see the incredible needs, both in Australia and overseas, being met by our local charities. It is immensely satisfying to partner with them in achieving their goals”.

Key Professional Achievements

  • a member of the Charity Law Association of Australian and New Zealand
  • a member of the Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association, a former director and Treasurer of the ANZELA National Board and a former President of its NSW Chapter
  • a member of the English, American and South African Education Law Associations
  • a reviewer for the International Journal of Law and Education
  • the editor of Education Law Notes, which keep schools throughout Australia up-to-date with education law developments
  • a member of the Association of Workplace Investigators and of the Australasian Association of Workplace Investigators

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