David Clark

Present Position

Partner, Wilson McKay & Co

Professional Experience

Arbitration and Mediation Experience

  • Arbitration and Mediation Law including acting as counsel in numerous arbitrations, mediations and settlement conferences;
  • Appointed Mediator for the Department of Building & Housing, Weathertight Homes Service in 2003. Conducted over 300 weathertight mediations both for the Department and privately.;
  • Conducted numerous private mediations on various commercial, contractual, domestic, sporting and property disputes;
  • Appointed adjudicator under the Construction Contracts Act;
  • Panel member for the New Zealand Disputes Resolution Centre;
  • Deputy Team Leader, New Zealand Law Society Litigation Skills programme;
  • Panel Member Mediator for AMINZ
  • Appointed to the Panel of the International Court of Arbitration-Sport (the first New Zealander to be appointed as a Mediator to the Panel)
  • Director of The Arbitration and Mediation Centre www.arbmedcentre.co.nz. The first facility of its kind to be established in New Zealand specifically designed to accommodate ADR work in an independent and neutral venue

Litigation Experience

  • Civil and Commercial Litigation including contractual and property disputes, construction law, administrative and constitutional law, security enforcement, insolvency (both corporate and personal), statutory and regulatory compliance issues, consumer protection and public law work, Sports and Educational Law;
  • Appearing as Counsel in most New Zealand jurisdictions including District, High and Court of Appeal, Planning Tribunal and Environment Court, Employment Authority and Employment Court;

Career Summary

  • May 1994- Partner, Wilson McKay & Co (now Wilson McKay)
  • Jan 1992- Associate, Wilson McKay & Co
  • Feb 1989- Solicitor, Wilson McKay & Co
  • Nov 1986 - Jan 1989- Law Clerk and Solicitor Hesketh Henry


  • 2012 present- Panel Member International Court of Arbitration-Sport
  • 2009 present- Trustee New Zealand Law Foundation
  • 2007 present- Board Member Youthtown Incorporated
  • 2007 2010- Board Member and Chair Electricity and Gas Disputes Resolution Service
  • 2005 present- Deputy Chair Building Practitioners Board
  • 2005 2008- Member Ice Angles
  • 2004 present- Code of Conduct Commissioner New Zealand Cricket
  • 2003 present - Contract Mediator for Department of Building & Housing WHRS
  • 2002 present- Faculty Member New Zealand Law Society Litigation Skills Programme
  • 2001 present- Judicial Committee Member Auckland Cricket Association
  • 1996 present- Counsel appointed by High Court and District Courts for representation of special needs groups
  • 1991 present- Associate Member Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand (Panel Member-Mediation)


  • 1991- AAMINZ Associate of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand
  • 1990- Litigation Skills Diploma
  • 1988- Admitted to Bar
  • 1987- LLB University of Auckland, New Zealand