James ['Jim'] Farmer practises as a barrister from Chambers in Auckland.
He is a Queen’s Counsel, admitted to practise as such in New Zealand, New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory. In addition, he has been admitted to appear on a case by case basis as a non-resident Queen’s Counsel in Hong Kong. He has University degrees from the University of Auckland – Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws with First Class Honours – and from the University of Cambridge – Ph.D, for which he was awarded the Yorke Prize. He has held academic positions at Auckland, including an appointment as a part-time Professor of Law, and Cambridge, where he was a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College. His field of practice covers all areas of commercial law and public law. He is particularly known for the many appearances that he has made as counsel in competition (antitrust) law cases. More...

Latest Legal CommentarIES

Corporate Governance and Directors' Liability

I was recently invited to attend the annual Corporate Governance Seminar that Minter Ellison Rudd Watts put on, this year held on 5 August at the Langham Hotel in Auckland.  Minters and its Chair Cathy Quinn (a former member of the Securities Commission) are to be congratulated for promoting these occasions on such an important topic. More...

Paper Presented on 2 August 2014 at the Competition Law & Policy Institute of New Zealand 25th Annual Conference

Jenny Stevens, the Chair of this session, told me a few weeks ago that she had a copy of “papers” I had given at Competition law conferences in 1992.  I had no recollection of having done that and she kindly sent them to me.  One of them turned out to be not a paper but rather a typed up record of an oral commentary that I had made of a paper given by John Fogarty (now Justice Fogarty) on the virtues of the Commerce Commission using what he called the “inquisitorial model” when dealing with authorisation applications.  As counsel for the Commission, John had previously made submissions to the same effect to the High Court in the landmark Fisher and Paykel case which was an appeal from a refusal by the Commission to sanction Fisher and Paykel’s exclusive dealing arrangements with its retailer network.  As an aside, Kerrin Vautier, who was then a member of the Commission, had dissented and the High Court drew liberally on her reasoning in allowing the appeal. More...

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