David Birdsall-Smith David Birdsall-Smith

David Birdsall-Smith
Senior Associate

Corporate & commercial

David specialises in corporate and commercial law, with a focus on privacy issues and ICT projects.

He has a strong interest in technology law and works with a range of clients, including those in energy, telecommunications, banking, the creative industries, and the public sector. David regularly advises clients in relation to privacy issues, commercial contracting and consumer protection law, and also has a background in public law.

Before joining Chapman Tripp, David worked for e-commerce platform Trade Me and another major New Zealand law firm. 

Recent highlights

  • Assisting the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment with privacy and contractual matters involving New Zealand’s managed isolation and quarantine system.
  • Acting for Kiwibank in relation to contracts for the replacement of its core banking system, and in matters relating to its service agent network, credit card terms, and arrangements for the RealMe service.
  • Working with the Electricity Networks Association and various lines companies in relation to liability and data issues relating to the Electricity Code’s default distributor agreement regime.
  • Assisting the Office of the Privacy Commissioner to create standard template terms for the cross-border transfer of personal information.
  • Assisting clients with regulatory engagement on consumer law matters, and in relation to proposed law reform for a consumer data right and credit card interchange fee regulation.
  • As in-house counsel, advising Trade Me on the launch of its “Ping” instant payment system, its investment in share-trading platform Sharesies, and its strategic arrangement with an Australian fintech firm.

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