David graduated with an LLB and was admitted to the bar in 1980, worked as a staff solicitor in Napier until 1984 and moved to Hamilton and joined a firm there. He became a partner in that firm in 1985 and ultimately left and became a barrister in 1995.
Since that time David has practiced in the civil and commercial area of litigation, having obtained a skill set along the way including graduating from the NZLS Advanced Litigation Skills Programme in 1990, being admitted as Associate of the Arbitrator’s Institute of New Zealand in 1991, being made a member of the Arbitrator’s and Mediator’s Institute Panel of Arbitrator’s in 2016.
He has appeared regularly in the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. He has a number of reported decisions in the New Zealand Law Reports and been involved in arbitration both as counsel and arbitrator on numerous occasions.
Melanie obtained a law degree with honours in 1991 and worked for one of the larger law firms in New Zealand in Auckland for some years. She obtained a Master’s Degree in commercial law in 1995 with Honours whilst working for a Hamilton law firm of which she became a partner in 1998. In 2000 she left that firm to practice as a barrister and this is a role that she continues to practice in currently.
Melanie has had a private mediation practice since 2002. She is an accredited FDR provider for family disputes involving children and contracts to MBIE as an employment mediator. She has mediated hundreds of disputes across a wide range of topics.