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Dr David Cooper

David is an experienced trial and appellate advocate who appears in the courts at all levels, in arbitrations and before specialist tribunals.  David has a general civil litigation practice with a particular focus on complex contractual disputes, company and securities law, takeovers, competition law, regulatory investigations and class actions.

David graduated LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland in 1991.  After a brief period at Bell Gully, he completed a PhD in law at the University of Cambridge and spent a year lecturing at the University of Chicago Law School.  He then returned to Bell Gully where he was a litigation partner for 14 years before commencing practice as a barrister sole at Shortland Chambers in 2017.

For several years David has been ranked by Chambers & Partners as a “Band 1” litigation lawyer and in 2016 was named Disputes Star of the Year for New Zealand at the Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards.

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