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University: Bachelor of Laws, University of Otago, 4th May 1968.

Professional Qualifications:

Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New Zealand

Barrister of the Supreme Court of New Zealand

Barrister and Solicitor, Supreme Court of Western Australia (16 August, 1985).

LEADR Advanced Mediation Course.

1966 Clerk, Collier & Taylor, Barristers & Solicitors, Dunedin, New Zealand

1967 Solicitor, Aspinall, Joel & Co., Barristers & Solicitors, Dunedin, New Zealand.

1967-69 Solicitor/Barrister, John E. Farry, Barristers Solicitor, Dunedin, New Zealand

1969-79 Partner, John E. Farry & Hansen, Barristers & Solicitors, Dunedin, New Zealand.

1979 Hong Kong Judiciary (variously Magistrate, Coroner, Family Court Judge, District Court Judge, Master of the Supreme Court.

1988 Appointed Master of the High Court of New Zealand sitting in Christchurch

1993 Temporary Judge of the High Court of New Zealand (from 1 February)

1995-2008 Judge of the High Court of New Zealand (from 11 March)(Senior Puisne Judge from 2004).

1997 to 2008 Executive Judge, South Island.


Business Manager, Otago University Students Executive

Secretary, Otago University Law Students Association.

Foundation President, New Zealand Legal Association, Otago Branch.


Member Organising Committee, New Zealand Law Society Conference, 1980 (until departure to Hong Kong).

Chairman Kaikorai Rugby Football Club Inc., Dunedin, New Zealand.

Committee Member Dunedin Cricket Club.


Captain of Cricket, Kowloon Cricket Club, Hong Kong.

Manager Hong Kong Cricket XI to Malaysia/Singapore 1983 and I.C.C. Associate Members Trophy U.K. 1986

Member Hong Kong Supreme Court Rules Committee, Hong Kong.

Member Hong Kong Supreme Court Rules Sub-Committee. (Responsible for drafting a new Supreme Court Ordinance & Rules)

Member Law Reform Commission, Hong Kong.

1988 to Present

1988 – 1998 Member of the Rules Committee of New Zealand

1995 Speaker on Letters of Credit, Jakarta

1996 Speaker on Judicial Independence & Human Rights at FIDA Conference Hong Kong

1996 – 2004 Chair of the New Zealand Case Management Committee

May 1997 Speaker at World Bank Conference, “Justice Through Case Management” on reforms to the administration of Justice in Trinidad Tobago.

1997 – 2004 Department for Courts Change Board. (Overseeing an $80 million modernisation programme, including work processes for all jurisdictions, together with computer support mechanisms).

1998 Inns of Court Fellowship, Lincoln’s Inn, London, and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London.

1998 Speaker at inaugural dinner of the Denning Society, Lincoln’s Inn, London.

1997 – present Mediator in Singapore Court International Dispute Resolution Centre

1999 – Keynote Speaker Australian Institute of Judicial Administration Annual Conference, Adelaide

2003 – Manager New Zealand Team, Hong Kong International Cricket Sixes Tournament

2003 – present President, Willows Cricket Club, Christchurch.

2006 – Presented F W Guest Memorial Lecture, University of Otago

2007 – Chairman, final appeals committee for Rugby World Cup

2007 – Appointed International Cricket Council Code of Conduct Commissioner

2008 April Appointed Consultant to Legal Issues Centre, Law Faculty, Otago University.

2008 –June made a Distinguished Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit (DCMNZ)

2008 – Appointed to JCA’s Appeal Panel.

2008 – Trustee Canterbury Youth Development Trust.

2008 – Trustee Christchurch Casino Charitable Trust.

February 2009 – Appointed Independent Chair Stakeholders’ Group For Dunedin Stadium.

March 2009 – Appointed to Court of Appeal Solomon Islands.

April 2009 – Appointed to Court of Appeal Western Samoa.

April 2009 – Appointed to the NZRFU Appeals Council.

April 2009 – Appointed to IRB Judicial Panel.

June 2009 – Appointed Rulings Panel for the Gas Industry.

August 2009 – Reinvested as KNZM

August 2009 – Appointed by Dunedin City Council as Chair of Dunedin Venues Management Limited.

October 2009 – Appointed to Board of New Zealand Cricket.

November 2009 – Appointed Chair of the Legal Services Agency.

May 2010 – Appointed Chair Canterbury Clinical Network.

August 2010 – Appointed chair Dunedin Venues Limited.

September 2010 – Appointed Chair of Red Cross Canterbury earthquake Commission.

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