David has been elected to the 12 strong Board of Governors of The Australian and New Zealand College of Notaries. He has been a member of the College since it was established in 2007.
He is the only New Zealander on the Board. Other members represent Notaries in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, The Northern Territory, The Australian Capital Territory, Victoria.
The Australian and New Zealand College of Notaries is committed to promoting the highest standards of notarial practice through excellence in education, professional development and support for its members.
Although membership of the College is not mandatory for New Zealand Notaries, David believes there are real benefits, including successful Master Classes for Notaries which have been held in Auckland and Wellington. He hopes to promote these benefits to New Zealand Notaries during his term as a Governor.
We have a new physical postal address - but the good news is we haven't moved.
Confused - well you might be. After being 450 Kamo Road since 1990 we became 2B Meldrum Street earlier in 2017. Then, because of confusion with the flats at 2 Meldrum Street (known as 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D and 2E) the Whangarei District Council (in association with Land Information NZ) has now renumbered the office as 2 Meldrum Street.
David and his late wife Sally established Northlaw in 1987 and here they are at their Waitaua Road home - off Vinegar Hill Rd - about 5km North East of Whangarei`s CBD - where David practised from July 1987 until March 1990.
The Northlaw team in 1997, left to right, David, Kerryn, Gaye, Louise and Mark
After 6 and a half years, as an elected representative on the Council of ADLS, David has reluctantly stood down. He completed his term on Friday 14 October 2016. This was 5 months before the scheduled end of his term. The demands of a busy Whangarei based practice had simply become too great, and of course David’s commitment to his clients always had to come first.
David is very grateful for the support he received from friends and colleagues during his time on the Council . Recognition of his contribution has been forthcoming from several members of the legal profession. A senior colleague in Whangarei, Ian Reeves, recently thanked David for the huge personal commitment and skill he devoted to the role.
David has written an article on this sometimes neglected area of Conveyancing practice. The article appeared in the The Property Lawyer Volume 16 Issue 2
David has been instrumental in the revision of the Guidelines adopted by the Property Law Section of NZLS and ADLS Inc for incorporation in the latest edition of its widely used agreement for sale and purchase of real estate.
The Guidelines assist the day to day smooth running of transactions involving the sale and purchase of properties, the registration of mortgages and their subsequent discharge and relationship property protocols.
Many of the Guidelines are of a technical nature. However there is much in them that help all law firm clients - including Northlaw’s - understand the matters considered when we act in respect of property transactions.
Here is a link to the 80 page edition of the Guidelines (updated and operating from 13 April 2015):
At the 5th March 2015 AGM of ADLS Inc David started his 6th year as the only elected provincial lawyer on the 9 person Council.
The re-elected President Brian Keene QC spoke to the annual report for the year ending 30 September 2014.
With its paid up voluntary membership exceeding 3,000 the Society represents more paid up lawyer members than any other organsiation in New Zealand.
More than 1,000 of those members are lawyers like David whose legal practices are based outside Auckland.
At the 3rd AGM of the NZ Society of Notaries Inc held in Wellington on 18 August 2014, David ended his 2 years on the 6 member Council, having nominated Don Thomas and Bruce Stewart who are the 2 fresh faces on the 2014/15 Council.
Following the AGM the re-elected President of the Society commented on David's contribution having been greatly appreciated saying "On behalf of the Society I would like to thank you for your hard work and commitment as a member of the Council".
In the 3rd of the elections held since the NZLS Auckland branch was established in 2008, the 434 votes David received from his colleagues were not sufficient for him to gain a seat on the Branch council.
He thanks those colleagues who supported his candidature and congratulates the 3 sitting council members Kathryn, Clive and Sally, who were re-elected until 2017.
David was re-elected to the NZLS Property Law Section Executive Committee for a three year term.
Following his initial term from 2010 to 2013, he looks forward to meeting his Property Lawyer colleagues throughout New Zealand and working with them again.