David van Hout
David has almost 15 years’ experience as a litigator and has appeared in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. He has experience working in litigation teams in both private and public practice and working on complex litigation, including working on one of the largest construction product defect liability cases in New Zealand and multimillion dollar claims brought by the statutory managers of the failed Hubbard finance companies.
Midway through his legal career, David ventured abroad and landed in London like many before him. It was during his time in London that he developed a love for a great cup of coffee. He acquired this love while working in the competition law team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP on the multibillion euro merger between the second and third largest coffee companies in the world. His love (or some may say addiction) developed after sampling the various coffee brands and products to assist with an understanding and appreciation of the differing regional coffee tastes in Europe and, more importantly, to sustain himself during the months of no sleep.
After returning to New Zealand, David moved to Auckland. Initially he practised in a boutique construction litigation firm, working with some of New Zealand’s leading Queen’s Counsel, before taking a position as an associate barrister in chambers, where he appeared in both the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. In 2019, David left chambers to join Scott and returned to practise in his area of interest, construction law. David acts for various participants in a construction project lifecycle and uses his knowledge and experience to cut through the noise, finding solutions that suit his client’s needs and are commercially fit-for-purpose.
When David’s not assisting clients with their construction projects, he is either spending his time on (but more often in) the water sailing or surfing or trying his best to tick off each of New Zealand’s great walks. He initially thought that his knowledge of the construction industry made him well-equipped for DIY but a series of flat pack and construction flops (including littering his walls with drill holes after numerous failed attempts to find that allusive stud) has made him re-evaluate this, much to the approval of his work colleagues.
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David van Hout
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