David Hoskin


M: 021 873 361

DDI: (09) 553 9234

Ext: 124


I am senior civil and criminal litigator heading the litigation department at Steindle Williams legal.

I commenced practice in 1990 in Hamilton before moving to Auckland in 1994. After 10 years in a North Shore legal firm, including six years as litigation partner, I entered the independent Bar in 2004 practising as a Barrister Sole. In 2010 I joined Steindle Williams Legal heading the litigation department.

I have 25 years of experience in providing clients with professional legal advice and representation aimed at providing effective results. At Steindle Williams Legal I have developed a strong and dedicated litigation support team comprising of two staff solicitors available to work with clients. We recognise that being involved in court proceedings can be a stressful and challenging time for clients and so we work with clients to guide them through the process with clear and practical advice about what to expect at all times.

I have a wide range of experience in litigation including:

Civil and commercial law:

Representing clients and appearing in the District Court and High Court in relation to:

  • Contractual disputes
  • Injunction proceedings
  • Negligence claims
  • Estate and trust claims
  • Liquidations and Bankruptcy
  • Judicial Review proceedings
  • Weathertightness proceedings
  • Proceedings under the Fair Trading Act

Arbitration disputes in relation to a wide range of commercial transactions and deals with alternative dispute resolution mechanisms

Mediations and dispute resolutions

Weathertight Homes Tribunal

My recent civil experience includes:

  • Judicial Review Proceedings
  • Defending a company in a multi-party claim for alleged negligence in a leaky building development for $30 million
  • Commercial Arbitration proceedings involving a claim for damages and abatement of rental as a result of damage caused in the Christchurch earthquakes
  • Estate and trust claim: issuing proceedings in the High Court for a beneficiary against a deceased estate and family trust claiming a lack of testamentary capacity resulting in a substantially increased settlement from the estate / trust for the beneficiary.

Criminal law:

I regularly appear in a full range of criminal courts including the District Court, Youth Court, & High Court conducting Criminal defence, including Crimes Act, Misuse of Drugs Act prosecutions and serious traffic matters. I also appear in the appellate jurisdiction in the High Court and Court of Appeal.

I also have particular expertise in Liquor Licensing Tribunal matters.

My recent Criminal / Tribunal experience includes:

  • Extradition proceedings
  • Murder – I appeared as lead counsel in a high profile murder trial at the Auckland High Court in October and November 2016 resulting in the client being acquitted.
  • Coroners court hearing
  • Representing applicant at hearing for opposed application for renewal of Liquor Licence for Nightclub / Bar

Other services:

As part of our service in ensuring that our clients receive the best advice and outcomes we also assist with obtaining advice and evidence from independent experts such as:

  • Private investigators
  • Psychologists / Psychiatrists
  • Medical specialists
  • Forensic Scientists
  • Translators
  • Traffic accident scene experts
  • Quantity surveyors
  • Engineers and other construction experts
  • Valuers
  • Forensic accountants

We enjoy excellent working relationships with industry leaders in each field and so can quickly put you in touch with reliable and trial-experienced experts.