David Dickinson - LLB MA
Barrister — Sentinel Chambers
Level 4, 62 Victoria Street West
Auckland, New Zealand
09-354-3406 / 021-167-5549
PO Box 7140, Auckland 1140

I specialise in criminal defence, professional/disciplinary prosecutions, employment law and civil litigation. We will discuss what you want, the strength of your case, the best strategy and how much it will cost. Whether your case requires an aggressive approach or damage control, I work hard and have a human touch.


If you are charged with a crime you are presumed innocent — but it often does not feel that way. I have experience in traffic charges including drink driving, limited licences and special circumstances applications. My practice includes experience in applications for bail, parole and relief from asset forfeiture. I have appeared as defence counsel before judges and juries to defend allegations of violence, sex crimes, drugs and fraud.

I have also represented health professionals before regulatory bodies in relation to competency reviews and in the Health Disciplinary Tribunal in relation to disciplinary prosecutions.

Employment problems are stressful, personal and challenging. I have acted for both employers and employees in disciplinary actions, investigations, mediations and personal grievances.

I also have a growing interest in civil / general litigation and recently settled a dispute under the Construction Contracts Act 2002 following a claim for arbitration in the Building Disputes Tribunal.


A quick phone call or email with background information will help me get a handle on your legal problem. If you want me to be your lawyer, I will advise you of my hourly rate for your particular problem. I will then send you some paperwork including a notice to my instructing solicitor and my letter of engagement/terms of trade. If you want an estimate I will give you one but litigation is often hard to predict. Everything you tell me is confidential and I will act for you free of conflicts of interest. I have indemnity insurance. My job as your lawyer is to do a good job in a timely way based on what you have asked me to do after having discussed with you your objectives. If you want an update on what I have been doing, just ask — you are the consumer of legal services and I am the provider. This is a stressful time for you and you deserve respect and to be able to expect the highest level of service delivery.


I was born and raised in the multicultural city of Toronto, Canada. After high school, I completed my B.A at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. I then completed an M.A in The Netherlands where I met my NZ-born wife — we moved to New Zealand in 2004. After graduating in law from Auckland University, I clerked for a year at a leading barristers’ chambers in central Auckland. I then worked for more than two years as a Judges’ Clerk at the Employment Court in Auckland where I was fortunate enough to watch many of New Zealand’s leading lawyers in action. I then worked for a leading Newmarket-based employment law firm and at the Public Defence Service where I developed a passion for criminal defence. In 2013, I joined the independent bar as a barrister sole to focus on criminal defence work and develop other areas of practice.

I am a member of the New Zealand Law Society, Auckland District Law Society, New Zealand Bar Association and Criminal Bar Association.

I speak fluent French, functional Spanish, broken Dutch and scraps of Te Reo Maori. I have a family pass to the New Zealand Warriors and am starting to actually understand cricket.