Dave Robinson


About Dave Robinson

Career to Date
"I was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 1971 and became a general practitioner handling all manner of commercial, court, property and personal work. I became a partner of a law firm in 1977 and have been part of Gibson Sheat since 1987. As well as acting for private clients, I have, for many years, specialised in all aspects of company and commercial work, corporate advice and property development work."

Dave has a wealth of knowledge in all areas of corporate and commercial law,  property development and commercial leasing.

Dave has been involved in some major commercial leasing projects, some of which have been undertaken for major Government clients.  He has handled an extensive range of complex company mergers, acquisitions and disposals, commercial contract work, licensing and IT work, and substantial subdivisions. 

Dave also maintains a substantial, and loyal, private client base.

My approach to working with my clients
I'm pragmatic, friendly and empathetic. I build a close relationship with all my clients, which means taking the time to find out what they do and how they do it, including any industrial processes. For me this job is all about solving clients' problems with the most cost effective solution.


An effective negotiation for a medical equipment supply company, which resulted in its purchase of another company for substantially less than the other party wanted, and our client thought they would have to pay.

Working with JD Edwards, New Zealand, through its life and mergers; seeing it grow from 12 to 288 staff members, on both sides of the Tasman. It was great to be a part of this company's rise and watch it mature to the point where JD Edwards and Co, of USA, were impressed enough to buy it. It is now part of Peoplesoft, which is part of Oracle. I still keep in contact with most of the original Australasian shareholders.

The best piece of advice I've ever been given
When I started as a lawyer in December 1969 at Bell Gully, Des Dalgety, a senior partner, told me "A lawyer's first duty is to himself." By this Des meant "be honourable in practice and true to ones-self." I try to meet his expectation.

What stimulates me
I've been practising law since 1971 and love every minute of it. I enjoy the cut and thrust of my work, and I take pleasure in solving my clients' problems. Every day I still learn something new and I do my best to keep up to date with the latest legalities. I also like being in the company of people.

What I enjoy outside of work
I love building things. Over the years I've built everything from fish tanks, to cabinets, to houses; and repaired many vehicles and engines. When I haven't got a hammer or a spanner in my hand I'll be pottering in the garden or out riding my bike.

If I wasn't a lawyer I'd be...
Ever since I was eleven I wanted to be a lawyer, so it's difficult to imagine being anything else. I do believe you can do anything you apply yourself to, so I'd give anything I am passionate about a go, as long as it stimulated my mind.