Hon­our for lawyer

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The lat­est in­ductee into CHB Col­lege’s Hall of Hon­our is one of New Zealand’s lead­ing ex­perts in com­pany and com­mer­cial law.

Pro­fes­sor Peter Watts QC at­tended the Col­lege from 1972 to 1975, dur­ing which time he­was in­volved in de­bat­ing, the li­brary and played hockey. He said he al­ways had a love of ar­gu­ing so “study­ing law seemed to be an ob­vi­ous thing to do”.

Pro­fes­sor Watts com­pleted his law de­gree at Can­ter­bury Univer­sity and at­tained his Masters in the UK at the Univer­sity of Cam­bridge, where he at­tended as a Com­mon­wealth Scholar. He prac­tised as a lawyer in Christchurch and Welling­ton be­fore tak­ing up the role of Pro­fes­sor of Law at the Univer­sity of Auck­land in 1985, where he has taught com­mer­cial law sub­jects for more than 30 years.

Through­out his ca­reer, Pro­fes­sor Watts has main­tained an ad­vi­sory prac­tice along­side his teach­ing, and is cur­rently a full-time bar­ris­ter.

He has as­sisted in lit­i­ga­tion be­fore all lev­els of New Zealand courts and the Privy Coun­cil and since 2010 has also been a ‘door ten­ant’ at Foun­tain Court Cham­bers, The Tem­ple, Lon­don. A‘door ten­ant’ is a lawyer whose name is on the list of bar­ris­ters at the door, but he does not have an al­lo­cated room. At Foun­tain Court Cham­bers, he pro­vides opin­ions in lit­i­ga­tion, in­clud­ing be­fore the Eng­land and Wales Court of Ap­peal and the United King­dom Supreme Court. In May 2013 he was made a Queen’s Coun­sel and in 2014 he was elected an Fel­low of the Royal So­ci­ety of New Zealand/Te Apa¯rangi. The lat­ter hon­our is given to top re­searchers who show ex­cep­tional dis­tinc­tion in re­search or in ad­vance­ment of sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy or the hu­man­i­ties. In 2017 he was ap­pointed as a Vis­it­ing Pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Ox­ford, and as a Se­nior Re­search Fel­low at Har­ris Manch­ester Col­lege, Ox­ford.

Pro­fes­sor Watts has be­come aworld au­thor­ity on the law of agency and is one of New Zealand’s lead­ing ex­perts in com­pany and com­mer­cial law. He will be in­ducted into the col­lege’s Hall of Hon­our at a cer­e­mony this Thurs­day at 1pm.


Peter Watts QC will be in­ducted into CHB Col­lege's Hall of Hon­our this Thurs­day.

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