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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Cannabis Bill Not the Right Reform

I have previously written about the Cannabis Bill referendum on my Blog on two occasions.  This is the third.   My justification is that the referendum is close and recent public debate has clarified the issues.  The report by the “panel of experts” chaired by the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Adviser and the further report by the New Zealand Drug Foundation also raise concerns as to whether the public is receiving full, accurate and sufficient disclosure of the potential harm that cannabis causes to health, particularly the young.  The distinction between legalization and decriminalization is also not fully appreciated.  Hence this further (and final) posting, which was the subject of a presentation to the Auckland Rotary Club on 5 October. More...

Whatever the result, is this the last time the America's Cup event is held in New Zealand?

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