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Paul has been elected President of the New Zealand Bar Association. His two-year term of office will start in October 2024. Paul looks forward to serving the profession and the law in this role. His practice will continue in full swing, and he will be busy!

In 2023-24 in addition to work on commercial proceedings in the New Zealand courts and in arbitration, Paul has been instructed in a broad range of matters – counsel for a defendant in the criminal trial arising from the Whakaari eruption; counsel assisting the independent tribunal established under the Constitution of Fiji to inquire into allegations of misbehaviour by the former Chief Justice; counsel on appeal to the Supreme Court of Fiji in an admiralty case on limitation.

Contract Law

For many years Paul has presented Contract Law seminars for the NZ profession. In March/ April 2024 Paul presented his latest seminar Contract Law update. A published booklet for the seminar is available from the NZLS. The slides are attached here. Paul also presented to the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand on safe port obligations in charter parties and the recent UK Supreme Court decision in The Polar (see slides here).