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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Pro Bono Publico as an Aid to Living a Balanced Lifestyle

It is some considerable time since I have written a piece for what was referred to by senior counsel in the High Court in Wellington recently as “Jim Farmer’s blog”.  This was cited by him, in presenting the appeal by NZME and Fairfax against the Commerce Commission’s refusal to allow a merger of those companies on public benefit grounds, as being an example of the many sources (other than his clients) through which the “news” can be obtained.  If this assertion is true, then my apologies to the New Zealand public for being deprived of the news for so long. More...

Terence Arnold Retires From the Supreme Court Bench

Retirement from the Bench at the age of 70 is compulsory.  It has become customary for a retiring Judge – at least in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court – to have a final sitting which is addressed by the Attorney General (or the Solicitor General in his stead) and by the Presidents of the New Zealand Law Society and the New Zealand Bar Association or their representatives.  The retiring Judge then replies. More...

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