David’s knowledge and contribution to the profession have again been recognised.

He has been re-elected to a 3rd term,2018-2021, and will continue his work in this his 7th year, on the Executive Committee of the NZLS Property Law Section.

The Executive Committee represents the 1400 lawyers who are voluntary paid up members of the NZLS Property Law Section – the largest of the 3 specialist Sections of the NZ Law Society.

Brave women, Strongman and Pike River mines, Land Rovers, little French cars, County Monaghan, Earnslaugh, Mangatainoka, Martinborough, Dan, Griz, Sue and Minty and James K Baxter  and more…..

Read a little more of David’s life and interests in this wonderful piece penned by Jock Anderson for the NZ Law Society

Click here to read the full article

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.

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 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".