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...

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The Cost of Justice

In my last commentary – inspired by Justice Helen Winkelmann’s Ethel Benjamin lecture on Access to Justice and Frances Joychild QC’s comment on that – I ventured some views about why the contemporary problem of the vast increase in unrepresented litigants in the Courts (especially the appellate courts) has arisen.  More...

The Increase in Unrepresented Litigants and Their Effect on the Judicial Process

Probably the most important extra-judicial paper delivered by a Judge in New Zealand in recent times is the Ethel Benjamin Address given by Justice Helen Winkelmann, Chief High Court Judge, on 7 November 2014.  Under the provocative heading “Access to Justice – Who Needs Lawyers?”, she traverses the problems of a judicial system that has become too expensive for many and that has seen significant increases in the appearance of unrepresented litigants at all levels of our superior Courts.   More...

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