David Friar

Partner Auckland

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David is known for his particular expertise in complex commercial disputes, class actions, insurance litigation, and corporate and insolvency disputes. He has a leading reputation for his strong courtroom advocacy and his strategic judgment.

David represents clients at all levels of the New Zealand court system, including the Supreme Court, as well as in alternative dispute resolution processes, such as arbitration. He regularly acts for banks and other financial institutions, for both insurers and insureds, for corporate clients, and for insolvency practitioners.

David also has particular experience in defending class actions. He acted in the Southern Response class action, and is currently acting in the Intueri class action.

Work highlights

Securities class action in High Court
Acting for the promotors of the initial public offering of Intueri Education Group in defending a securities class action in the High Court.

Misappropriation claim in High Court
Acted for a client bringing a claim against former directors alleging the misappropriation of significant company funds, including a novel claim for a “multiple-derivative" action.