David specialises in contested Estates and is also an Accredited Specialist in Family Law He also conducts criminal cases and advises and appears in employment law matters. He has been with Stacks since being admitted in 1988, and has a vast knowledge in contested Estates and Family law. A member of the Australian Institute of Family Lawyers, and a qualified mediator, David has now been practicing law for 25 years and is a highly respected member of the Stacks’ team.
David believes in getting to the core issues quickly and dealing with them in a timely manner. His down-to-earth nature, combined with his excellent knowledge of practice and procedure, and his ability to explain the legal process in plain English, is greatly appreciated by his clients. David is an excellent negotiator and is able to resolve disputes quickly, an essential skill in Family Law matters.
He has run numerous Criminal Law matters in the Local and District Courts, ranging from drink driving offences, to assault cases and defending Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs) and drug matters. David has recently involved in a criminal case where his client was charged with home invasion, as a result of his fingerprint being found on a piece of tape used the bind the victim at the victim’s home. The jury was persuaded to acquit his client after evidence was gathered from numerous sources including mobile phone accounts, and alibi witnesses.
David achieved a large financial settlement for his client in reported case Bree v Lupevo, an anti-discrimination matter involving a man unfairly dismissed because he wore an earring to work.
David has conducted numerous Contested will claims, acting on behalf of both Plaintiffs and Estates, and has many years of experience in this area. Many of his matters do not even reach court, and settlements exceeding $300,000.00 have been achieved on a number of occasions for plaintiffs.
Outside the office, you may find David playing classical guitar at any number of venues, including restaurants, at corporate functions and weddings. With an Associate of Music in Classical Guitar (A.Mus.A), and represented by EAO Entertainment in Newcastle, David is a talented guitarist who has released 3 albums, including Just Classical, Virtuosity and most recently, Classical Flair. (www.davidfryatt.com) He has a number of classical guitar students, some of whom have gone on to work as guitarists and composers.
David is a friendly and dedicated solicitor whose generosity of spirit is valued by clients and colleagues alike.