David Goddard QC



David is one of New Zealand’s leading barristers, ranked by the Chambers & Partners Guide as one of New Zealand’s top (“band 1”) Queen’s Counsel.  He specialises in appellate advocacy, appearing frequently before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.  His more than 30 appearances in the Supreme Court include major public law and Treaty of Waitangi cases, as well as a wide range of civil and commercial matters.

David has been appointed as an arbitrator to determine a number of commercial disputes.  In 2011 David was appointed as a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal.

David also has an extensive involvement in law reform in New Zealand and overseas.  He advises ministers and government agencies on a wide range of policy issues.  He has represented New Zealand in bilateral and multilateral negotiations.  He has drafted legislation and treaties in a number of fields including company law, contract law, private international law, and regulation of cross-border commercial activity.

David is currently chairing a multilateral treaty process under the auspices of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, developing a convention on recognition and enforcement of judgments.

David is the chair of the Grants and Scholarships Committee of the Borrin Foundation, a NZ$40 million charitable foundation established in 2016 to support legal research, scholarship and education.

David is based in Wellington.  He is a member of Thorndon Chambers, and an associate member of Bankside Chambers.  .


David studied mathematics and French at Victoria University of Wellington, obtaining a first class honours degree in mathematics and the Sir Robert Stout Scholarship for the best first degree in the University across all faculties.  He began his legal studies in New Zealand, then studied law at Oxford University (on a Rhodes Scholarship), obtaining a first class honours degree.  David then taught law at Bristol University for two years before returning to New Zealand to practise law.  He was a solicitor at Chapman Tripp (a leading New Zealand law firm) from 1988 to 1990, and a partner in that firm from 1991 to 1998.

David began practice as a barrister sole in 1999.  He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2003.

Contact details

Telephone + 64 4 499 6040

Email [email protected]

Post: Thorndon Chambers, PO Box 1530, Wellington 6140, New Zealand