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Education CV


PhD in Law, Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge (2023 - )

LLM (Hons) (Commercial Law), Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge (2020-2021)

LLB (Hons), University of Auckland (2012-2017)

BA, University of Auckland (2012-2017)

Scholarships & prizes

WM Tapp Studentship for PhD (2023)

William Georgetti Scholarship (2020)

Spencer Mason Travelling Scholarship (2020)

LB Wood Scholarship (2020)

WM Tapp Studentship for LLM (2020)

Cleary Memorial Prize (2019)

Senior Scholar in Law (2018)

Dean’s Academic Excellence Award in Law (2018)

First in Course Award in Insurance Law  (2017)

Robertson’s Prize in Insurance Law (2017)

First in Course Award in Law of Personal Property (2016)

First in Course Award in Law of Restitution (2015)

First in Course Award in Advanced Tax Law  (2015)

First in Course Award in Public Law (2013)

Shortland Chambers Prize in Public Law (2013)

Teaching & Research Experience

Lecturer in Restitution, University of Auckland (2023)

Tutor in Equity, University of Auckland (2019, 2020, 2022, 2023)

Tutor in Legal Research, Writing and Mooting, Victoria University of Wellington (2018)

Tutor in Legal Method, University of Auckland (2016)

Research Assistant, University of Auckland (2016)

Professional Experience

Junior Barrister, Shortland Chambers (2021 – 2023)

Associate, Gilbert Walker (2019 – 2020)

Judge's Clerk, New Zealand Court of Appeal (2017-2019)

Fields of research




Professor Lionel Smith

Representative Publications

"Contract Law" (2023) 3 New Zealand Law Review 395

"Pleading Claims for Quantum Meruit in New Zealand" (2023) New Zealand Law Journal 383

“Restitution Between Public Authorities” (2022) New Zealand Law Journal 104

 “Non-Party Orders in Support of Arbitral Proceedings” (2020) 136 Law Quarterly Review 539 (with Daniel Brinkman).

 “The Grounds for Restitution from a Public Authority in New Zealand” (2019) 25 New Zealand Business Law Quarterly 99.

“Versloot Dredging and The Insurance Act 2015” (2019) 166(1) Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 11 (with Daniel Brinkman). 

 “The New Zealand Trusts Bill: An Overview of Proposed Reforms” (2018) 24(9) Trusts and Trustees 901 (with Callum Burnett). 

 “Appeals on Mixed Questions Under the Arbitration Act 1996” (2018) New Zealand Law Journal 7 (with Jack Davies)

“Insolvent Agents and Irrevocable Authorities” (2017) 23 New Zealand Business Law Quarterly 183. 

 “Clarifying the Law on Contribution” (2016) 22 Auckland University Law Review 375.