Regulatory and public law
Estate and trust law
Commercial and company law
Pam Davidson is a Malaysian-born barrister of Chinese descent. She came to study law in New Zealand over thirty years ago and fell in love with the country. She has stayed to build a wide law practice with a particular speciality in taxation. Based in Wellington she has had a wide variety of experience. She has been a judge’s clerk, practised in a large law firm, and spent time in the Treasury and the Inland Revenue Department.
Pam is active in her profession and her community. She was the president of the Wellington District Law Society from 2004 to 2006 and has been a Board member of the New Zealand Law Society. She is currently a member of the Tax Law Committee of the New Zealand Law Society. In November 2017, Pam was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Todd Foundation, a charitable and philanthropic foundation established by the Todd family to provide funding and support to organisations and projects in Aotearoa New Zealand that add to the Foundation’s vision of inclusive communities where all families, children and young people can thrive and contribute.
Pam enjoys choral and orchestral music and is the Chairperson of the Bach Choir of Wellington, one of the leading choirs in Wellington which performs several major concerts a year. She confesses to being a “Trekkie” and having a fascination with galaxies, nebulae, globular star clusters and all other things astronomical. The star ship Enterprise not quite within her reach, Pam explores the skies through her 10-inch Dobsonian reflector telescope. When not lawyering, singing or observing, she keeps fit with regular early-morning runs on the waterfront.
Main areas of Practice
Pam’s specialist area is taxation law but she also practises in regulatory and public law, estate and trust law, relationship property, charities law and commercial and company law.
Her objective is to provide the best advice and obtain the best outcome for her clients and in that respect, she does not subscribe to an approach that is necessarily litigation-focused or adversarial.
Pam is the author of Taxation of Property Transactions in New Zealand which was published by Thomson Reuters in October 2016
Pam has written several articles in legal and professional publications including “The proposed two-year rule for taxing property sales – a few facts to blow away the fog” The Property Lawyer Vol 16 Issue 1 September 2015, 15 and “What is a “Regular Pattern” of Acquiring or Erecting and then Disposing of your own Home and why does it Matter” Taxation Today May 2017, Issue 105, 4.
Pam has presented seminars on taxation for professional groups including the legal profession and chartered accountants