David has almost 30 years’ experience as a litigation lawyer. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2014 and has appeared in a wide range of civil, commercial and criminal cases.

David’s experience includes:

  • conducting general civil/commercial litigation proceedings, including those involving contract, tort, Fair Trading Act, Companies Act and equitable remedies claims;
  • appeals against Commerce Commission merger clearance/authorisation decisions;
  • civil enforcement proceedings under the Commerce Act 1986;
  • acting for the Commerce Commission in relation to proceedings under Part 4 of the Commerce Act 1986;
  • judicial review proceedings, including those involving public health, fisheries, Treaty of Waitangi and Resource Management Act issues;
  • prosecuting disciplinary proceedings before a number of regulatory/disciplinary bodies;
  • intellectual property proceedings, primarily relating to trade marks;
  • prosecuting jury trials when employed as a prosecutor with the firm of the Wellington Crown Solicitor from 1993 to 1996 and as a member of the Wellington Crown Prosecution Panel from 2000 to 2006;
  • member of the Serious Fraud Office Prosecutors Panel;
  • acting in criminal (for the Crown Law Department of the Kingdom of Tonga) and judicial review proceedings in the Kingdom of Tonga;
  • government departmental prosecutions, including those under fisheries, inland revenue, customs, companies, resource management, social welfare and health and safety in employment legislation;
  • electricity industry regulatory proceedings;
  • appeals against Civil Aviation Authority, Land Transport Safety Authority/ Land Transport New Zealand, ACC and Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board decisions.

Contact David Laurenson QC

Level 2 Solnet House
70 The Terrace
Wellington 6011
PO Box 5621
Wellington 6140
Phone: +64 4 473 6454
Mobile: +64 21 550 002
david.laurenson@cliftonchambers.co.nz