David Court

Managed funds, superannuation, corporate and commercial lawyer

David is a Partner working across the financial services and commercial practice areas of the firm.  He has more than 30 years of technical and practical experience in corporate, commercial and financial services law.  His particular expertise relates to the management and public offering of superannuation and managed investment products.

David joined Holley Nethercote in 2010 after a long career working at Mercer Australia.

At a Glance

Summary My Details
Key areas of expertise:
  • Over 30 years of technical and practical experience in corporate, commercial and financial services law
  • Particular expertise in relation to the management and public offering of superannuation and managed investment products
  • Ongoing interest in taxation law
Admitted to practice:
Since 1986 – in Victoria and Western Australia
Career achievements:
  • Initially David worked as a solicitor at Mallesons Stephen Jaques before moving to a succession of in-house legal roles at Mercer Australia, a market leading financial services organization providing consulting, outsourcing and investment solutions to its clients, as well as operating its own investment and retirement products.
  • At Holley Nethercote David has been involved in all areas of the legal practice with particular focus on providing advice in relation to borderline applications of the financial services laws and the preparation of specialised commercial documentation.
Qualifications:
  • Law and Commerce degrees from the University of Western Australia
  • Long-time member of the Taxation Institute of Australia
  • Member of the SMSF Association (SPAA) 
Future aspirations:
To expand Holley Nethercote's financial services practice into the superannuation area. 
Interests outside of work:
  • Reading
  • Cycling
  • Cinema
Favourite quote:
"Do not use a big word when a diminutive one will suffice!"

Most recent blogs written by me

  • Financial Services Law

    Is the end coming for the Sophisticated Investor?

    Monday, 22 October 2018
    The distinction between wholesale and retail clients is a fundamental part of the financial services laws. The continuing increase in retail client regulation over recent years (such as the FOFA reforms) and the increasing ease with which clients can meet the wholesale client eligibility tests has led many financial services businesses to adopt wholesale only business models.

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  • Financial Services Law

    Deadline is Fast Approaching for MDA Service Providers!

    Monday, 16 April 2018
    If your business operates a Managed Discretionary Account service through a regulated platform and has been relying on the “no-action” letter, this is a reminder that changes are happening and with little time remaining.

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  • Financial Services Law

    Part II: Certified Wholesale - SMSFs and Accountant's Certificates

    Monday, 9 October 2017
    In Part I of this blog series, we left off at What are the wholesale client eligibility tests? In Part 2 of this blog series, we will continue from there and answer the remaining four questions: 4. What are the wholesale client eligibility tests? 5. What is individual wealth? 6. How are controlled entities included? 7. Who can control an SMSF?

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