Paul David QC BA (Hons) LLM (Cantab) is a highly experienced leading counsel who accepts instructions in civil, commercial and criminal proceedings. While his practice now generally centres on commercial cases, Paul maintains a broad practice and has advised and represented clients in most areas of New Zealand law.
Paul started his legal career at the Bar in England where he worked for 7 years before joining Russell McVeagh, a leading New Zealand firm. He was a partner at that firm until 2002 when, with others, he founded the litigation specialist firm Wilson Harle. He has been at the independent bar since 2006 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2014.
Paul has appeared as counsel in all New Zealand Courts and in overseas jurisdictions in a wide variety of disputes. He has developed two leading specialist practices in maritime law and sports law. He is the author of two leading texts reflecting his specialist interests – Halsbury’s Laws of New Zealand Maritime Law – Admiralty and A Guide to the World Anti-Doping Code (CUP). The third edition of this guide to the World Anti-Doping Code was published by Cambridge University Press in January 2017.
Re-issue 1 of Maritime Law: Admiralty was published in January 2018. Further volumes of the Maritime Law title – Shipping and Navigation and Carriage of Goods by Sea will be published later this year. Paul has also updated his chapter on Marine Pollution (with Michael Doesburg) for the leading text New Zealand Environmental and Resource Management Law 6th Edition September 2017.
Paul also accepts instructions as an arbitrator and mediator in commercial, maritime and sporting disputes. He is an arbitrator with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Paul presented nationwide seminars on Contract Law for NZLS in 2017. A copy of his presentation can be obtained from NZLS.
Paul gave the Frank Dethridge Memorial Address at the Annual Conference of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand on 12 September 2019. The title of the address was: ‘From Automation to Autonomy – can the law keep up?’ The address and presentation are available here
Paul has completed the first of two new volumes that together will complete the Maritime Law series of titles in The Laws of New Zealand. The first of the volumes, Maritime Law: Shipping and Navigation was published in November 2018.
Paul recently gave a presentation for the 2019 ANZSLA symposium titled ‘ANZSLA Sports Law Review 2018-2019,’ reviewing the law in the previous year in the sports law area. The presentation is available here
Paul will give presentations at ANZSLA Regional Events in Wellington and Christchurch on 28 and 29 November 2019.