Why Saylor Legal
David Saylor is an experienced native title lawyer and he is the Principal of Saylor Legal. David was admitted as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in February 1996 and he has over 20 years of experience working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal issues. An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person himself, David is passionate and committed to assisting clients with resolving native title claims, making and prosecuting native title compensation claims and negotiating Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs) which provide substantial economic benefits, provide for protection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage beyond what is required by law, and facilitating Indigenous participation in environmental management of mining and other projects.
David’s experience and expertise is different because he has worked at the “coal face” of native title and has achieved significant results for his clients. David has been employed as a lawyer by several Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, Aboriginal Land Councils and Native Title Representative Bodies in Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia. He has worked with and has been instructed directly by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.
David is an experienced and accomplished native title lawyer who has been practising in native title law and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage for some 20 years. Some of David’s experience includes Solicitor on the Record for several native title claims proceeding to a determination in favour of Traditional Owners. One of David’s most memorable achievements was as the instructing solicitor on the landmark Torres Strait Regional Seas Claim which proceeded to trial and after some three and a half years of court hearings the Federal Court ruled that the Torres Strait Islanders are a single society and they have the right to take marine resources for any purpose including for trade and commercial purposes: see Leo Akiba and Others v Queensland  FCA 643.
David is now a sole practitioner and started his Townsville based practice and he holds an unrestricted principal certificate with the Queensland Law Society.
David is also an NRL Accredited Player Agent and is able to assist elite Rugby League players negotiate NRL playing contracts. Follow the link to the sports management website: http://www.saylorsportsmanagement.com.au