Honour for lawyer
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.