David Goddard QC - Improving the law
David Goddard QC is the grants and scholarships committee chair of the Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation - established earlier this year through a $38 million bequest by the late Judge Ian Borrin in honour of his parents. Judge Borrin was a Family Court Judge and later head of the Police Complaints Authority (now the Independent Police Conduct Authority). The foundation focuses on funding legal research, education and scholarship and recently awarded its first five grants, including research awards on property law and the over-representation of Maori in prison - areas, says Goddard, where the law is not serving New Zealanders well. Goddard is one of New Zealand's leading barristers. He specialises in appellate advocacy, appearing frequently before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.