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Special Counsel

David Cochrane

LLB(Hons) LLM(Distinction) MInstD


P+64 4 924 3431

M+64 27 449 1891

David Cochrane

David is a special counsel in the firm's resources and infrastructure group. He has over 40 years experience in central government and private practice with an emphasis on public and commercial law.

His experience includes law drafting here and overseas, submissions to Select Committees and Government, general governance advice, and specific interests in transport, fisheries, primary industries, local government corporate activities, superannuation and other trusts, and retirement villages. Currently, David is advising on changes to the Resource Management Act, and other Acts, to facilitate economic recovery from Covid-19 by fast-tracking infrastructure and other projects.

Examples of Work

  • Drafting private legislation to provide for specific bank mergers, corporate restructuring and demutualisations, drafting local Bills, and drafting and commenting on Government legislation proposals including Treaty of Waitangi issues, dairy industry restructuring, local government (including Canterbury earthquake legislation), electoral and trust law, and heritage legislation
  • Drafting legislation for Fiji, Vanuatu, Kiribati and Samoa; and advising on SOE reforms, PPPs, fisheries management and asset sales in Fiji, Kiribati, and Tuvalu
  • Te Ohu Kaimoana - drafting legislation and creation of new entities to hold and distribute over $750 million of Maori Fisheries Settlement assets, and current restructuring
  • NZ Transport Agency - over 20 years advising on governance, and funding and procurement for major projects, including toll roads, network MOUs, and funding of local government for roads and public transport
  • ACC - New Zealand reforms and a possible motor vehicle scheme for Malaysia
  • Superannuation - advice on restructuring of NPF, and many corporate schemes including two contested matters that went to the Privy Council
  • Local authorities - advising on their relationships with CCOs and their governance, commercial, investment, and official information issues
  • Retirement Villages - advised Government on legislation and Code of Practice
  • Attorney-General - review of the role and functions of the Solicitor General, and the Crown Law Office
  • Advising independent processors on dairy industry reforms
  • Advising Government on Infrastructure Funding and Financing models
  • Other professions - advice on rules and disciplinary matters

Other Credentials

  • NZ Infrastructure Commission/Te Waihanga - Board Member
  • Institute of Directors - Member
  • Waitangi Tribunal - Member 2014-2018 (continuing on CPTPPA matters)
  • NZ Law Society Law Reform Committee - Member 2005-ongoing
  • Commonwealth Association of Legislative Counsel - Member
  • Legislation Advisory Committee and External Sub-Committee of Legislation Design Advisory Committee - Former Member