David Goddard QC

David Goddard specialises in appellate advocacy, appearing frequently before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court in a wide range of commercial and public law cases.  He has argued some 25 cases in the Supreme Court, including appearances for the Crown in major public law and Treaty of Waitangi cases.  David’s areas of particular expertise include competition law and regulation, administrative law, constitutional law, contract law, equity and trusts, company law and international law.  He is identified by the Chambers & Partners guide as one of New Zealand’s top-ranked (“Band 1”) barristers.

David also has a substantial involvement in law reform and legal policy advice. Projects which David has undertaken, in addition to his litigation practice, include advising Parliamentary Committees and Government Departments on a wide range of commercial law and cross-border issues; representing the New Zealand Government in bilateral and multilateral negotiations; conducting a Ministerial Inquiry into ACC Funding and Accreditation of Physiotherapy Services; and providing commercial law reform and policy advice to the New Zealand Government, other Governments, and intergovernmental organisations.

David was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in May 2003.

For a full CV please click on this link: David Goddard QC CV

Recent papers and publications:

Review for error of law: some comments (paper presented at New Zealand Law Society Judicial Review Intensive, Wellington, September 2007)

Are we there yet?: is there a contract, and what does it contain? (paper presented at New Zealand Law Society Law of Obligations Intensive, Auckland and Wellington, July 2007)

Regulatory Error: Review and Appeal Rights (paper presented to Legal Research Foundation Conference, Auckland, September 2006)

Section 98 of the Commerce Act 1986: where do the limits lie? (paper presented to Competition Law & Policy Institute Workshop, Wellington, August 2006)

Shareholder approval of directors’ decisions (paper presented to LexisNexis Corporate Law Masterclass, Auckland, November 2004)

Trans-Tasman Legal Coordination – The Next Frontiers (paper presented to Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law Conference 2003, Wellington NZ)

Cross Border Issues in Legislation Advisory Committee Guidelines (2003)

New Zealand Law Society seminar booklets, including booklets from the Judicial Review and Law of Obligations seminars referred to above, and other booklets written by David Goddard QC, can be purchased through the NZLS continuing legal education website.

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