Paul Davison QC became a nightly visitor on the TV news with his representation of Kim Dotcom in the mogul’s battle with US authorities, along with Simpson Grierson’s Willie Akel, but the leading silk has had plenty of other cases that place him in the power list.
The son of former Chief Justice Sir Ronald Davison, it was perhaps not so much his father’s senior position in the law that influenced Paul Davison but other matters that occurred in his life. He didn’t initially consider law as his career of choice, however the accidental death of his younger brother through poisoning and, not unexpectedly, it had a profound effect on his life and his approach to it, including to his work.
Carrying a strong sense of fairness and compassion, he undertakes pro bono work on a regular basis, while also earning the respect of his colleagues at the bar, as well as the bench.
He holds a particular position of trust and respect within the New Zealand profession, both as a lawyer and a person of influence beyond his areas of practice.
A debonair and immaculate advocate who follows a rigorous fitness regime (cycling, yoga, walking), he has handled many high profile criminal cases, as both a prosecutor and defence lawyer, and is widely respected by the judiciary for his professionalism and competence. He prosecuted the Scott Watson Sounds murder case, where he presented a masterful, two day summation, he has the ability of any top advocate to keep to the facts and to present them lucidly and correctly. He also helped prosecute the JBL fraud case, the Swedish backpacker murders