Newly appointed QCs profiled

DAVID CHISHOLM QC

David Chisholm Crop60x70                 David Chisholm graduated LLB from the University of Auckland and LLM from Queen Mary College in London. He worked overseas and then in a number of Auckland firms including Phillips Fox as a litigation partner and then  a stint as partner at Kensington Swan, before becoming a barrister sole in 2001.

David Chisholm graduated LLB from the University of Auckland and LLM from Queen Mary College in London.

He worked overseas and then in a number of Auckland firms including Phillips Fox as a litigation partner and then  a stint as partner at Kensington Swan, before becoming a barrister sole in 2001.He is a general commercial litigator including specialising in corporate insolvency, intellectual property and commercial disputes.

David says it is difficult to narrow down one particular key lesson learned. “I have learnt that empathy is one of the most important qualities both personally and for a lawyer. Being prepared to listen before speaking out is also important. I suspect that I am still learning both these qualities.”

When considering his achievements, he says he is currently most proud of being appointed as a Queen’s Counsel because it has taken years of work. However, he adds “Goals are achieved incrementally. I was also very pleasedwhen I was admitted to the Bar and when I completed my first witness trial without complete embarrassment”.

He is most looking forward to having the opportunity to be briefed on a wide variety of interesting cases, which he hopes his new QCdom will assist.

PETER WATTS QC

Peter Watts QC                 Peter is an Auckland Barrister and professor of Law at the University of Auckland. He is one of New Zealand’s leading academic lawyers, with broad expertise in commercial law, particularly in agency law, company law, equity, the law of restitution, and insolvency law. 

Professor Peter Watts is one of two newly appointed Queen’s Counsel who have been appointed under the Royal prerogative in recognition of their extraordinary contribution to the law. Peter is an Auckland Barrister and professor of Law at the University of Auckland. He is one of New Zealand’s leading academic lawyers, with broad expertise in commercial law, particularly in agency law, company law, equity, the law of restitution, and insolvency law.

Peter is the General Editor of Bowstead & Reynolds on Agency (19th ed, Sweet & Maxwell, 2010), the leading Commonwealth text in its field. He has written for many of the Commonwealth’s leading law journals and his articles have been cited by judges in the House of Lords, High Court of Australia, Supreme Court of New Zealand, Court of Appeal of England and Wales, and many other Commonwealth courts.

Peter has advised the New Zealand Law Commission and the Law Commission of England and Wales on a number of private law and commercial law projects. He has served as Acting Dean of the Law Faculty and as a representative of the Professors on the Council of the University of Auckland.

Professor Watts is also a barrister at Bankside Chambers in Auckland, and a door tenant at Fountain Court Chambers, the Temple, London.

Peter says the most important lesson he’s learned in life is that most of what one writes sinks like a stone, but perseverance brings the occasional skipping pebble. He is most proud of having taken over the editorship of Bowstead & Reynolds on Agency, and as for future goals, he says “I am hoping to turn British law back 150 years if my article on Tyrrell v Bank of London (1862) is approved by the UK Supreme Court.

The appellant has yet to get leave to appeal! Strictly speaking, of course, the law of England and Wales on constructive trusts has never quite been settled anyway. Doing the same to New Zealand law on the subject would be a much harder task!”

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