David specialises in commercial litigation. He has over 17 years' experience in resolving banking and finance, insolvency, insurance, construction, property, competition, professional negligence and a wide range of contractual disputes.
The most recent contractual disputes that David has acted on include defective goods claims, shareholder disputes, claims arising from mergers and acquisitions and claims under construction contracts, management contracts, agency contracts, IT contracts, and sale and purchase contracts.
He is an experienced advocate, having appeared as counsel in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court in substantive proceedings and applications for urgent relief. He also appears as counsel in mediations and arbitrations.
David works, advises and acts for a number of clients across a range of sectors, including financial institutions, insolvency practitioners, public bodies, insurers, developers, contractors, manufacturers, vendors and purchasers. David returned to Buddle Findlay after working for several years as a litigator in an international law firm in London. He is also admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.
"Client-focused and a good communicator who is calm under pressure."
The Legal 500
- Legal 500: Next Generation Partner
- Benchmark Litigation: Litigation Star
- Member of RITANZ, SCLNZ and NZILA
Acting as lead counsel for New Zealand Industrial Park
to successfully appeal a High Court decision and reinstate two restrictive covenants. The covenants restrict Synlait Milk from developing its NZ$280m infant formula manufacturing plant (New Zealand Industrial Park Ltd v Stonehill Trustee Ltd  NZCA 147).
Acting for New Zealand Steel
in defence of a claim seeking an injunction requiring New Zealand Steel (and other New Zealand emitters of greenhouse gases) to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 (Smith v Fonterra Co-Operative Group Ltd  NZHC 419)
Acting for Sky Network Television
in proceedings arising out of the Commerce Commission's decision on an application for clearance of the proposed merger with Vodafone under s 66 of the Commerce Act 1986, including opposing an application by Spark for interim relief (Spark New Zealand Trading Ltd v Commerce Commission  NZHC 238)
Acting for various banks and other financial institutions
to successfully oppose injunction applications, defend substantive claims, and enforce loan and guarantee obligations (for example: Lu v Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (NZ) Ltd  NZHC 402; Bank of New Zealand v Sampson  NZHC 2768; Fortes v Bank of New Zealand  NZCA 346; ANZ Bank New Zealand Ltd v Calvert (2013) 14 NZCPR 361 and  NZHC 3169)
Acting for various liquidators and administrators
including of the Forestlands group of companies, Encorefx (NZ) and of the Arrow group of companies (Re Encorefx (NZ) Ltd  NZHC 674; Re Forestlands (No.2 Ltd (In Liquidation)  NZHC 393, Re Forestlands NZ Ltd  NZHC 2447)
Advising the liquidators of a large construction company
on issues arising during their appointment, including recovering funds for the benefit of creditors, advising on insurance issues and defending several defective building claims against the company (Body Corporate 346799 v KNZ International Co Ltd  NZHC 511; Body Corporate 326421 v Auckland Council  NZHC 862; McCullagh v Underwriters Severally  NZHC 1384)
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