David Butler

David Butler

Consultant / LL.B. (Hons)

David acts on a wide range of property and commercial matters. He is heavily involved in major commercial property transactions and has acted on the purchase of numerous CBD high rise buildings in Wellington and Auckland. He has particular expertise in the area of commercial leasing acting for a wide range of clients with properties throughout the country. David also specialises in sale and acquisition of businesses and company documentation including shareholder agreements.

David is a past President of the Rotary Club of Hutt Valley, past President of the Wellington Racing Club and past board member of RACE Inc. David was for 8 years a Hutt City Council appointed trustee and Deputy Chairperson of the Hutt City Community Facilities Trust responsible for the Walter Nash Centre, Fraser Park Redevelopment and the new Regional Bowls Facility. Away from the office David includes among his many interests an active involvement in thoroughbred breeding and racing.

Q and A with David

How would you describe your style of practice or your approach to dealing with clients?

I look to achieve outcomes in a pragmatic way, making the complex as simple as possible and making the legal process a contributor to, and not a barrier to, the quick and efficient dispatch of transactions.

If you had a single piece of advice to give a person in relation to commercial property acquisitions what would it be?

Do your due diligence but remember discovering lots of problems can provide opportunities for purchasing well if you can rectify post-settlement. Others may have been put off by them.

What has had the biggest impact on how you practice law over recent years?

Without a doubt technology. Particularly for overseas clients, emails, voice recognition, pdf files and cell phones make exchanges of communication with clients across the world immediate or with overnight responses waiting for you in the morning.

When you are not being a lawyer what do you like doing most?

I am actively involved with thoroughbred racing. I spent some 13 years on the Wellington Racing Club Committee, the last 3 at the Club was as President. As an owner/breeder I get a lot of pleasure seeing horses I’ve bred go on to be good racehorses, particularly the ones I keep! Away from the track I enjoy skiing, sport, food, wine and good company.

Who gave you the best piece of advice in relation to your legal career and what was it?

My Partner Rod Gillespie’s late father Neill Gillespie – “Always take an option, never give a guarantee”.

What is your favourite quote?

“The big print giveth and the small print taketh away”. – Tom Waits.

What would you be if you were not a lawyer?

There is nothing else I particularly wanted to do. I enjoy my thoroughbred breeding but I’m not sure I would want to do it as a full-time business. I have always been self-employed and expect I would set up a business of some sort probably involving the Internet or race horse syndication.