General Background

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.

Selected Recent Cases

  • NZX Ltd v Ralec Commodities Pty Ltd [2016] NZHC 2742 (contract/warranty claims)
  • Hotchin v NZ Guardian Trust [2016] NZSC 24 (equitable contribution)
  • Houghton v Saunders & Ors [2014] NZHC 2299 and [2016] NZCA 493 (Feltex prospectus liability class action)
  • Todd Petroleum Mining Company Ltd v Shell (Petroleum Mining) Company Ltd [2014] NZCA 507 (appeal from arbitration award)
  • Vector Gas Contracts Ltd v Contact Energy Ltd [2014] NZHC 3171 (non-party discovery)
  • Pernod Ricard NZ Ltd v Lion – Beer, Spirits & Wine (NZ) Ltd [2012] NZHC 2801; Lion – Beer, Spirits & Wine (NZ) Ltd v Pernod Ricard NZ Ltd [2013] NZCA 625 (contract/warranty claims)
  • Tiroa E and Te Hape B Trusts v Chief Executive of Land Information [2012] NZHC 147 and [2012] NZCA 355 (Crafar Farms judicial review)
     

Professional Activities

  • Law Clerk and Solicitor, Bell Gully (Auckland), 1991-1992
  • Solicitor and Senior Associate, Bell Gully, 1996-2002
  • Partner Bell Gully, 2003 to March 2017

Publications and Seminars

  • Co-author, Company and Securities Law in New Zealand (Thomson Reuters)
  • NZLS Seminar, Company Law Update, 2008

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Qualifications

LLB (Hons) (Auck) 1991

PhD (Cantab) 1996

Bigelow Teaching Fellow, University of Chicago Law School 1994-1995

Year Admitted: 1991

Barrister Sole: 2017

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Qualifications

LLB (Hons) (Auck) 1991

PhD (Cantab) 1996

Bigelow Teaching Fellow, University of Chicago Law School 1994-1995

Year Admitted: 1991

Barrister Sole: 2017

General Background

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.

Selected Recent Cases

  • NZX Ltd v Ralec Commodities Pty Ltd [2016] NZHC 2742 (contract/warranty claims)
  • Hotchin v NZ Guardian Trust [2016] NZSC 24 (equitable contribution)
  • Houghton v Saunders & Ors [2014] NZHC 2299 and [2016] NZCA 493 (Feltex prospectus liability class action)
  • Todd Petroleum Mining Company Ltd v Shell (Petroleum Mining) Company Ltd [2014] NZCA 507 (appeal from arbitration award)
  • Vector Gas Contracts Ltd v Contact Energy Ltd [2014] NZHC 3171 (non-party discovery)
  • Pernod Ricard NZ Ltd v Lion – Beer, Spirits & Wine (NZ) Ltd [2012] NZHC 2801; Lion – Beer, Spirits & Wine (NZ) Ltd v Pernod Ricard NZ Ltd [2013] NZCA 625 (contract/warranty claims)
  • Tiroa E and Te Hape B Trusts v Chief Executive of Land Information [2012] NZHC 147 and [2012] NZCA 355 (Crafar Farms judicial review)
     

Professional Activities

  • Law Clerk and Solicitor, Bell Gully (Auckland), 1991-1992
  • Solicitor and Senior Associate, Bell Gully, 1996-2002
  • Partner Bell Gully, 2003 to March 2017

Publications and Seminars

  • Co-author, Company and Securities Law in New Zealand (Thomson Reuters)
  • NZLS Seminar, Company Law Update, 2008