David Patten

Present Position

Barrister sole

Professional Experience

Staff solicitor after leaving VUW

4 years as a staff solicitor in private practice

4years as a senior advocate NZ Employers Federation

14 years working in commerce (private sector - Independent Newspapers Limited - Legal Counsel, HR, Technology)

16 years practising as a barrister specialising in employment matters as an advocate, conducting investigations etc.Contract Lecturer, Dispute resolution Centre, Massey University

Career Summary

1974-76 Staff Solicitor (Litigation) Brandon Ward & Co; 1974-80 Senior Advocate, NZ Employers’ Federation; 1980-84 Executive Director, Newspaper Publishers’ Association; 1984-94 General Manager - Legal, Human Resources and Technology, Independent Newspapers

1994 resumed legal career as a barrister sole


Panel member - Mediation and Arbitration - AMINZ

Chair of the National Panel of Conciliators under the Sharemilking Agreements Order 2001

Member - Rural Dispute Resolution Professionals List - AMINZ

Panel member -NZ Police disciplinary hearings

Mediator - NZ Law Society

Council Member - AMINZ

Member - WDLS Employment law Committee

Secretary -Royal New Zealand Ballet Union of Employees


Presented numerous papers to conferences


LLB:BA (Victoria University); MBS (Massey University); GradDipBusStuds (Dispute Resolution) (Massey University) Fellow (Arbitration/Mediation), Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand Inc. AMINZ Panel of Arbitrators AMINZ Panel of Mediators AMINZ List of Rural Dispute Resolution Professionals