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David was admitted to the bar in 1997. Before returning to Christchurch and joining the independent bar David was litigation partner at leading South Island provincial law firm Berry & Co.
He has a wide range of litigation experience having worked as a Crown Prosecutor (for the Crown Solicitor at Christchurch), a government legal adviser (to the Treasury Solicitor’s Department, London) and as a general commercial and insurance litigator for national New Zealand and City of London law firms.
David’s current litigation practice is wide-ranging and includes liquor licensing, criminal, employment, resource management, commercial and insurance litigation instructions.
David’s recent experience includes:
- Testamentary Promises, Family Protection & Relationship Property claims
- Construction Contracts Act disputes and arbitration
- Export fruit industry disputes and arbitration
- Advising insurers on professional indemnity and public liability claims
- Conducting leaky home claims on behalf of owners or defendants in the Weathertight Homes Tribunal, District and High Courts
- Advising employers on employee agreements, investigation and disciplinary meetings and processes, mediations and personal grievances
- Advising New Zealand and UK regulators in areas such as postal services, transport and corporate regulatory matters
- Conducting defended Judge alone and jury trials in the District and High Courts
- Appearing as counsel at sports disciplinary hearings
- Advising dairy industry participants on sharemilking agreements;
- Advising farmers and Irrigators on resource management issues and processes, and
- Advising hospitality industry members on all aspects of liquor licensing law including defended applications for suspension or cancellation and appeals
David is also a member of the Judicial Control Authority for racing and the Hospitality Association of New Zealand (HANZ).