Mr David Ireland > Dentons Kensington Swan > Wellington, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

Dentons Kensington Swan
PO BOX 10246
New Zealand

Work Department

Banking and financial services law, Insurance law, Financial adviser law




David is a partner in our banking and financial markets team, which is top ranked for its investment funds specialty by Chambers Asia Pacific and The Legal 500, with David also top ranked. He chairs the Code Committee appointed by the FMA under the Financial Advisers Act, and is a former chair of Workplace Savings NZ.

David is an expert in the regulation of financial services. He helps the providers of financial products and services understand and manage their obligations in an increasingly complex regulatory environment. He also helps them identify and benefit from the opportunities presented by regulatory reforms.

David has been at the forefront of the extensive regulatory reforms impacting on the provision of financial advice services. His reputation in this area of law is recognised through his appointment to the Financial Advisers Code Committee, a professional conduct rule making body David has chaired since 2012. David’s expertise includes advising on agency relationships and financial advice provider disclosure and conduct obligations, and assisting clients develop effective business models for delivering financial advice.

David advises both large and boutique providers of investment funds, as well as trustees of workplace schemes and providers of discretionary investment management services (DIMS). He assists reporting entities with their AML and CRS obligations, and has been heavily involved in assisting a number of banks and insurers with conduct and culture initiatives and licensing readiness. He has extensive experience in advising on cross-border offers of financial products and services assisting a wide range of offshore entities manage their New Zealand financial services regulatory footprint.

Clients seek out David not only for his technical expertise and collaborative approach, but also for his strategic input. David’s broad range of expertise in the financial services sector, and ability to think outside the square, means he is well placed to help the firm’s clients devise commercially effective and legally compliant solutions.


Chairman, Onslow Cricket Club Dec 2013 – March 2019

Trustee, St Patrick’s College, Wellington October 2012 – Present

Manager, New Zealand Men’s Handball Team August 2019 – Present

Committee Member, Onslow Cricket Club October 2006 – October 2019

Kensington Swan Pro Bono Committee member

Workplace Savings NZ, (Councillor 2006-2013, Chair 2009-2012)

Financial Advisers Act Code Committee (Member 2009-present, Chair 2012-present)

Senior Member, New Zealand Trustees Association

New Zealand Insurance Law Association

Banking and Financial Services Law Association

Certified Member, Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand, Inc

Chair, Conferenz Financial Markets Law Conference (2009-Present)


LLB, Victoria University of Wellington Year obtained: 1988 BCA (Accountancy), Victoria University of Wellington Year obtained: 1988 Admission date: 1989

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Investment funds

(Leading individuals)

David IrelandDentons Kensington Swan

Praised as ‘one of the top investment funds teams in the New Zealand market’, Dentons Kensington Swan enjoys long-standing relationships with a host of public entities, including the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and the Financial Markets Authority. The practice has demonstrable experience in superannuation and KiwiSaver scheme work, as well as managed funds, and frequently assists offshore funds in facilitating investments into New Zealand. Catriona Grover is recognised for her ‘expertise in specialist funds management’ and, according to one client, her ability to ‘think strategically and in an innovative way, while also delivering second to none service, has made her invaluable’. Grover jointly leads the practice alongside David Ireland, who offers ‘pragmatic advice’ in relation to reforms in financial markets regulation. Senior associate Tom McLaughlin is another key member of the Wellington-based team.