Paul David QC

Present Position

Independent Barrister

Professional Experience

Range of maritime and commercial arbitration in UK and New Zealand as counsel as well as advising parties on commercial mediation. Broad general experience in commercial litigation as counsel before all courts and in arbitration and mediation - has appeared as leading counsel in the District Court, High Court, Court of Appeal, Privy Counsel and Supreme Court and in the Australian Federal and High Courts. Also appeared as leading counsel in international arbitration and before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.

Career Summary

1981 Called to Bar of England and Wales; 1981-90 Barrister of Innter Temple in chambers at Farrar's Building, Temple; 1990 Admitted as Barrister and Solicitor of High Court, New Zealand; 1990-93 Solicitor at Russell McVeagh; 1993-2002 Partner at Russell McVeagh; 2002-05 Partner at Wilson Harle; 2006-present Barrister sole, Eldon Chambers.


Committee, Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand. Supporting Member London Maritime Arbitrators Association, Former Chairman Steering Committee of International Congress of Maritime Arbitrators, Arbitrator Court of Arbitration for Sport.


Various articles for Lloyds Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly and other publications on shipping and commercial law topics; regular contributor in Shipping Law for New Zealand Recent Law Review; case note editor and contributor for MLAANZ Journal.

Personal Summary

LEADR mediation course successfully completed


Associate, Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand Inc. AMINZ Panel of Arbitrators. BA (Hons) Modern & Medieval Languages (Cambridge University) (1979) Master of Laws (Cambridge University) (1984)