Salim Rutherford Lawyers is a boutique Sydney law firm specialising exclusively in the areas of building and construction law and property law, with a focus on development.


We have over 15 years’ experience acting for developers, builders, contractors, sub-contractors and consultants on a diverse range of projects and matters.

Our specialist lawyers provide legal advice and representation in the full scope of construction and property-related transactions, from front-end expertise to litigation, alternative dispute resolution and project conveyancing.

Our expansive expertise in these areas of law places our firm in the position of a serious and viable alternative to top tier firms.

We offer responsive, efficient and personalised service to meet the demands of our clients, providing them with practical and comprehensive legal advice.


Having gained our experience and industry relationships from one of the most reputable legal firms in Australia, our lawyers provide clients with the highest level of practical and comprehensive legal advice. In addition, as a boutique legal firm we have the resources to offer a more efficient and personalised service than the larger firms.


At Salim Rutherford Lawyers, we believe in continued professional development for all members of our team, as well as our clients. We regularly run industry-specific seminars and workshops for clients, keeping them up to date with developments in the areas of building and construction law

We pride ourselves on forging strong relationships within the legal profession as well as within the property development and building industry.

Daniel Salim


Our team is led by Daniel Salim, who has over 15 years’ experience in both front-end and back-end construction law.

During his time as a solicitor, he has been involved in cases that have helped shape construction law in Australia, including several cases which are now leading authorities in construction law receiving much academic commentary.

Prior to establishing Salim Rutherford Lawyers, Daniel was a senior associate at Norton Rose Fulbright (formerly Deacons),  where he was involved in all forms of construction disputes on behalf of principals, contractors, consultants and government authorities. This has involved litigation in the High Court of Australia, the Supreme and District Courts of NSW, the Supreme Court of Victoria and the Consumer, Trade and Tenancy Tribunal.

During his expansive career, Daniel has established strong professional relationships with fellow practitioners and is well regarded by members of the professional community.