Daniel Epstein principally practices in the VCAT jurisdiction in the areas of Administrative and Civil law; specialising in planning and environment, building and construction, compulsory acquisition, covenant removal, owners corporation, leasing, real property and Australian consumer Law. Daniel appears at VCAT, Victorian Planning Panels, Building Appeals Board Of Victoria, Building Practitioners? Board, Small Business Commissioner, Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, Magistrate Court of Victoria, County Court of Victoria, Supreme Court of Victoria, Federal Court, the Federal Administrative Appeals Tribunal and other relevant planning, building and consumer law tribunals and commercial arbitrations.
Daniel's experience includes preparing complex litigation and merits advice, pleadings, affidavits, submissions, appearing in disciplinary proceedings, mediations, interlocutory applications, compulsory conferences, final hearings and appeals. Daniel appears in building, civil litigation and in planning matters for both applicants, objectors, local Council and government authorities in judicial and merits review hearings.
Daniel is a sessional lecturer in trial practice and advocacy at Monash University and an accredited advocacy instructor. He is a guest lecturing in building, construction and planning and often acts on a pro bono basis for Consumer Action Law Centre and other watchdog organisations. Daniel is a member of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association (VPELA) and Building Dispute Practitioners' Society (BDPS).
Daniel came to the Bar from the energy resources and computer industry of both Australia and the USA where he was involved in legal policy, public speaking, management and sustainable energy. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Political Science. We must never lose sight of the people behind the litigation. It is their dispute not yours nor mine and they have to live with the outcome and consequences.