Paul David QC has over 30 years’ experience in litigation and advisory work. He 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 a broad practice which now centres on contractual and commercial disputes.
Paul has developed specialist practices in both maritime law and sports law and is recognised as a leader in those fields. He is the author of 2 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 recently gave a presentation for the 2018 ANZSLA symposium reviewing the law in the previous year in the sports law area. The presentation is available here