David Wiseman


David is an experienced litigator and Crown prosecutor, focusing on public-interest litigation and enforcement in financial markets.

As an Associate in MC’s Commercial Litigation team, David acts for and advises both private and public-sector clients, including in tort, contract, regulatory and public-law damages claims.

He regularly appears in the District and senior courts.

As a Crown prosecutor, David regularly undertakes pre-trial, jury trial and appellate work. In addition, David acts for various public bodies across a range of regulatory proceedings, including appearing as lead counsel in prosecutions.

He has significant experience in proceeds of crime litigation.

Prior to joining MC in 2016, David worked in the insolvency litigation department of another large New Zealand law firm.

Taylor v Attorney-General

  • Seven-week High Court trial defending the Crown against a significant damages claim in a prison context, during which serious breaches of human rights were alleged.

R v Lisiate & Ors

  • Murder prosecution following a homicide at Auckland Prison.

Cheah v Commissioner of Police [2020] NZCA 253

  • Lead counsel for the Commissioner of Police in successfully defending an appeal of civil forfeiture orders, now regarded as the leading case on profit forfeiture orders in New Zealand. 

Admitted as NZ Barrister and Solicitor, 2013

LLB/BA, University of Auckland, 2013