Daniel McLellan QC is a broad civil, commercial and media law barrister. He specializes in trial and appellate advocacy and advice in most fields but particularly media, commercial, property and insurance law.
In the last few years he has appeared in numerous High Court trials including as counsel for a defendant in the long running Houghton v Saunders (Feltex) shareholders’ class action, the appeals from that matter to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, and in all courts in Trust Power v Commissioner of Inland Revenue.
In 2018 he was counsel for one of the successful defendants in a competition case brought by the Commerce Commission against real estate agencies alleging price fixing (Commerce Commission v Lodge Real Estate Ltd).
He has been involved in many media cases involving most issues affecting old and new media including defamation, suppression, contempt, privacy and central government election issues.
Daniel accepts arbitral engagements as counsel and arbitrator and has represented parties in litigation in overseas jurisdictions including the Cook Islands and Tonga.
Daniel regularly advises professionals, businesses and their insurers in relation to professional negligence, insurance coverage, conflicts and other ethical issues. He advises insurers and reinsurers on all areas of liability, general and life insurance, directors’ and officers’ liability and professional indemnity. He accepts instructions from insureds and insurers.
He also takes instructions in relations to regulatory investigations including financial markets and competition, and criminal and civil proceedings arising out of such matters.
Daniel is the 2018 Director of the New Zealand Law Society’s Litigation Skills Programme.
LLB (Cant) (1987)
Barrister Sole: 2004