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Bell Gully, David Friar, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND

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David Friar

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Bell Gully

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Litigation and dispute resolution, Insurance, Restructuring and insolvency, Banking and finance litigation, Class actions


David regularly represents clients in court, including the Supreme Court, New Zealand’s highest court. He represents insurers and insureds in a wide range of insurance disputes, including issues arising out of the Canterbury earthquakes.

David has particular experience in professional indemnity (PI) and directors and officers (D&O) litigation, and has litigated cases involving directors, auditors, accountants, solicitors, liquidators, investment bankers and a professional society. He also has experience in life and health insurance.

He regularly acts for receivers, liquidators and banks. He also acts for a number of corporate clients and financial institutions.

David writes and speaks extensively on directors' duties, insurance law, insolvency, commercial law and litigation, including at professional and legal conferences and at New Zealand Law Society seminars. He is a co-author of the chapter on directors’ duties in a leading New Zealand text, Morison’s Company Law. He also co-presented the New Zealand Law Society seminar on Creditors' Remedies in five centres across New Zealand.

His international experience includes six years at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York, during which time it was named best litigation firm in the United States by American Lawyer magazine. Prior to that, he received an LLM from Columbia University in New York, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

Admitted: 1996 New Zealand 2005 New York


Chair of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation Board


LLB (Hons), BA, University of Otago LLM, Columbia University

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David Friar - Bell Gully

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At Bell Gully, 'the service is excellent, with appropriate and experienced resource to meet deadlines'. One client notes that 'the advice is always on-point and easily understood, and clients get the benefit of extensive depth of knowledge and experience across all legal disciplines'. In Auckland, experienced litigators David Friar and  Simon Ladd (who is 'strategically very savvy; his advice is clear and well considered') co-lead the practice. Friar's recent work included acting for Southern Response in a class action that included two High Court hearings and one Court of Appeal hearing. Ladd represented a panel of insurers, including Vero and AIG, in the defence of claims brought by Lincoln University arising from the Canterbury earthquakes. Glenn Joblin frequently advises insurance sector clients on M&A transactions and regulatory matters, as well as handling insurance issues for large corporates. For AIA International, he handled the acquisition of the Sovereign Life insurance business. 'Intelligent and clear-thinking' commercial litigation partner Jesse Wilson is also recommended, having advised key clients including Tower Insurance.

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