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. He 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), with a third edition planned for 2016.
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.
In late 2015 the UK Supreme Court gave 2 important judgments on the law of penalties. Paul discussed these recent decisions in his recent NZLS Update on Contract Law. Copies of his written seminar paper are available from NZLS.
An important decision is awaited on the independence of CAS from the highest German court - comment to follow. Paul has written a chapter on the hearing of anti-doping violations in New Zealand which will be part of a book Doping in Sport and the Law published by Hart Publishing.