Piers Davies


O.N.Z.M, LLB (The University of Auckland) DIP, E.C.L (City of London College)

Email: piers@wwandd.co.nz

An Auckland Grammar School old boy, Piers completed his tertiary studies at Auckland University (LLB) and the City of London College (Diploma of English and Comparative Law), with a pupillage in Lord Ilford’s Chambers, Inner Temple, London.


Piers became a partner in Jordan Smith and Davies in 1970 and has been a consultant to the firm now known as Wackrow Williams and Davies Limited since 2001.


Piers specialises in Maritime Law (wreck, salvage and marine insurance) and Cultural Heritage Law. He is the co-author of the Shipping Section in the Encyclopaedia of New Zealand Forms and Precedents and co-author (with Paul Myburgh) of the chapter on New Zealand and the 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage (2006) and the chapter on New Zealand in the Handbook on the Law of Cultural Heritage and International Trade (2014). He has also written Appendices to Shipwrecks of New Zealand (8th edition) and the Shipwrecks Companion.


Piers was involved in establishing New Zealand's first Citizens Advice Bureau (Ponsonby) and the first community law centre (the Grey Lynn Neighbourhood Law Office). Piers is currently a member of the Board of YouthLaw. He is also a member of NZLS Courthouse Committee and International Law Association Cultural Heritage Law Committee.


Outside of work, Piers enjoys music, tennis, and has extensive involvement in the writing and production of feature films, documentaries, short drama films and poetry.