Daniel Kerr is a barrister practising in Napier, Hawke’s Bay. He was born and raised near Hastings, and went on to study law (with honours) and politics at the University of Otago. After graduating at the top of his year, Daniel was admitted to the Bar in 2000.
From 2000 to 2003 Daniel worked in the Wellington office of Kensington Swan, a large national law firm, where he gained a grounding in, and an aptitude for, civil litigation.
In late 2003 Daniel took up a bursary to study at the University of Cambridge in England, where he completed a first class Masters degree in law in 2004. Before returning home to Hawke’s Bay Daniel had the opportunity to gain work experience in barristers’ chambers in London, as part of the Commonwealth Pegasus Scholarship scheme.
From 2005 to 2010 Daniel was employed at Elvidge and Partners, litigation lawyers in Napier. His role involved working as a crown prosecutor, prosecuting jury trials on behalf of the Crown in the criminal courts, and he also maintained a busy and varied civil litigation practice. Daniel commenced practice as a barrister sole in April 2010. His practice encompasses all areas of civil litigation, from claims involving wills and trusts to commercial disputes to corporate and personal insolvency to claims involving land.
Daniel is active within the local community, where he serves on the Board of Trustees of Napier Central School and is involved in the leadership of Knox Presbyterian Church in Ahuriri. He has also previously served on the Board of Directors of the New Zealand Blind Foundation.
Daniel and his wife have three sons and a daughter.