Eldon Chambers is a long established central city chambers which provides top quality and solution focused legal representation on a wide range of issues for clients around New Zealand and internationally. The current members are Paul David KC, Sarah Wroe, Jason Mackie and Tom Ashley. Associate Members are Trevor Shiels KC and Fiona McGeorge.

Paul David KC

Paul David KC BA (Hons) LLM (Cantab) is a highly experienced leading counsel who accepts instructions in civil, commercial and criminal proceedings. While his practice now generally centres on commercial and contractual disputes, Paul maintains a broad practice and has advised and represented clients in most areas of New Zealand law.

Paul started his legal career at the Bar in England where he worked for 7 years before joining Russell McVeagh, a leading New Zealand firm. He was a partner at that firm until 2002 when, with others, he founded the litigation specialist firm Wilson Harle. He has been at the independent bar since 2006.

Paul has appeared as counsel in all New Zealand Courts and in overseas jurisdictions in a wide variety of disputes. He has developed specialist practices in both maritime law and sports law. He is the author of two leading texts reflecting his specialist interests – Halsbury’s Laws of New Zealand Maritime Law – Admiralty and A Guide to the World Anti-Doping Code (CUP).

Paul also accepts instructions as an arbitrator and mediator in commercial, maritime and sporting disputes. He is an arbitrator with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Paul has been elected President of the New Zealand Bar Association. His two-year term of office will start in October 2024.

For more detailed information please go to www.pauldavid.co.nz

Sarah Wroe

Sarah Wroe MA (Hons) (Cantab) has been a litigator since 1998 when she began her career as a barrister in England. She started practising as a solicitor in New Zealand in 2011 and has been at the independent bar since 2017.

Sarah acts for a broad range of clients primarily in property-related disputes covering building defects and construction contracts, unit title disputes and issues arising from the ownership, sale and purchase or leasing of property. She has also acted for insurers and policyholders in insurance litigation with a particular focus on property damage and professional indemnity insurance. She can provide advice on coverage issues and representation in any negotiations or litigation. Her general litigation practice covers contractual disputes and emergency applications. She is on the panel of the Sports Tribunal of New Zealand and is a member of the Australia and New Zealand Sports Law Association. Sarah is an approved legal aid provider for civil cases.

For more information please go to www.sarahwroe.co.nz

Jason Mackie

Jason has been a litigator since 2004. He draws on his broad legal experience and commercial acumen to advise businesses and individuals on how to solve an extensive array of legal problems. He brings an astute and valuable independent perspective to each situation. A powerful advocate, his approach is strategic, economic and outcome-focussed. Jason’s practice areas include insurance, property and construction, insolvency, commercial regulatory prosecution and alternative dispute resolution.

For more information please go to www.jasonmackie.co.nz

Thomas Ashley

Tom graduated LLB(Hons) at Auckland in 2014 and started his legal career at a large Auckland firm. Having previously been a professional athlete (Olympic gold medallist in 2008), Tom paused his legal practice in 2016 to pursue further opportunities in sport as head coach of the Chinese national windsurfing program and CEO of Canoe Racing New Zealand. He resumed his legal practice at Eldon Chambers in 2022 and obtained his LLM(Commercial) with distinction in 2023. He accepts a wide range of civil and commercial instructions and has a particular interest in maritime, international commercial and contract law.

Trevor Shiels KC

Trevor Shiels KC is a graduate of the University of Otago. After a number of years in general practice, with particular experience in real property and commercial work, he went to the independent bar in 1992.

Trevor has advised and represented clients in a range of civil proceedings but he now primarily advises and appears on disputes and potential disputes in relation to vendor/purchaser, lessor/lessee and other real property matters, trusts, and other equitable matters. Trevor has also advised and appeared on significant disputes with central and local government and other public bodies, including judicial review applications.

Trevor also accepts instructions as an arbitrator, being a Fellow in Arbitration and Arbitration panel member of AMINZ, and as a Hearings Commissioner under the Resource Management Act being accredited by MFE to chair RMA hearings.

Trevor was appointed as a Queen’s Counsel in 2013.

Trevor has been an active member of professional bodies, including as President of the Otago District Law Society, Member of the NZLS Council and Board, and member of the NZ Bar Association Board.

Trevor also has a Chambers in Dunedin and is available nationwide.

Fiona McGeorge

Fiona McGeorge is a specialist Family and Criminal lawyer with over 20 years’ experience. After 17 years in private practice, Fiona became a Barrister in 2019 at which time she joined Eldon Chambers.

Fiona specialises in complex relationship property matters and Family Protection Act claims (when a will is challenged). Fiona is able to assist clients in resolving the division of relationship property after a separation, including cases involving Trusts and Companies and claims for Economic disparity and/or Spousal maintenance. Or if clients are looking to protect their assets from a relationship break up then Fiona can act for them in entering into a Contracting Out Agreement.

Having been a Police Prosecutor, Fiona also understands criminal charges from both a defence and prosecutor’s perspective meaning she is able to help clients achieve the best possible outcome in criminal and traffic matters. She can also act for clients when they need to obtain a limited (work) licence.

Fiona has appeared extensively in both the Family Court and the District Court and is very at home in Court and in the adversarial environment.

Fiona accepts instructions on Family law matters as well as in relation to criminal and traffic charges.

For more detailed information please go to www.fionamcgeorge.co.nz