Professor Peter Watts

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Professor Peter Watts

Senior Research Centre

Visiting Professor of Law; Commercial Law Centre

Peter Watts QC (Senior Research Fellow at the Commercial Law Centre) is a Visiting Professor at the Oxford Law Faculty, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He practises full-time as a barrister at Bankside Chambers in Auckland, and as a door tenant at Fountain Court Chambers, The Temple, London. He is the General Editor of Bowstead & Reynolds on Agency (22 ed., 2021) and has published widely on agency law, company law, equity and the law of restitution, including: P Watts, N Campbell and C Hare Company Law in New Zealand (2nd ed., 2016), and D Busch, L Macgregor and P Watts (eds) Agency Law in Commercial Practice (2016). He has advised the New Zealand Law Commission and the Law Commission of England and Wales on a number of private law and commercial law projects. Peter was formerly a professor at the University of Auckland.

Other recent scholarship includes:

  • ‘Why as a Matter of English-Law Principle Directors Do Not Owe a Duty of Loyalty to Creditors Upon Insolvency’, [2021] Journal of Business Law 103-121
  • ‘The Quincecare Duty: Misconceived and Misdelivered’, [2020] Journal of Business Law 402-415
  • ‘Silence and Solidarity?—the Duties of Individual Directors Minded to Speak out about their Board’s Decision-making and Governance’ in C Mitchell and S Watterson (eds, 2020) The World of Maritime and Commercial Law, 345-365
  • ‘The Release Fee as a Remedy for Breach of Contract—the Judgment of Elias J in Cash Handling in the Light of Morris-Garner’ in S Mount and M Harris (eds, 2019) The Promise of Law—Essays Marking the Retirement of Dame Sian Elias, 227-248
  • The Travails of Vicarious Liability’, (2019) 135 Law Quarterly Review 7-11
  • ‘Does Apparent Authority Wane?: a Problematic Question in English Agency Law’, [2018] Journal of Business Law 663-678
  • ‘Attribution and Limitation’, (2018) 134 Law Quarterly Review 350-353
  • ‘Forfeiture of Agents’ Remuneration’, in P Devonshire and R Havelock (eds, 2018) Impact of Equity and Restitution in Commerce, 203-226
  • ‘Some Aspects of the Intersection of the Law of Agency with the Law of Trusts’, in P S Davies and J Penner (eds, 2017) Equity, Trusts and Commerce, 29-50
  • ‘The Acts and States of Knowledge of Agents as Factors in Principals’ Restitutionary Liability’, [2017] Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 385-411
  • ‘Actual Authority: the Requirement for an Agent Honestly to Believe that an Exercise of Power is in the Principal’s Interests’, [2017] Journal of Business Law 269-281
  • ‘The Insolvency of Agents’, (2017) 133 Law Quarterly Review 11-14
  • ‘Unjust enrichment—The potion that induces well-meaning sloppiness of thought’, [2016] Current Legal Problems 289-325
  • ‘Agents’ Disbursal of Funds in Breach of Instructions’, [2016] Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 118-134
  • ‘The Onus of Proof in Restitutionary Claims’, (2016) 132 Law Quarterly Review 11-15