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LLB/BA(Hons) (Otago); LLM(Dist) (UPenn); MPhil(Dist) (Oxon); PhD Candidate (Cantab)


Tim began his PhD studies at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, in 2020, supported by the Stan Gold PhD Studentship.  His PhD research expands on his recent 2019 - 2020 MPhil Law research at Balliol College, University of Oxford, for which he was awarded a Distinction.  Tim previously completed an LLM with Distinction from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2015, where he was a recipient of the Law School's LLM Human Rights Scholarship.  He originally graduated from the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, in 2010 with an LLB and BA(Hons), majoring in philosophy, politics, and economics.  Tim has worked on various academic law journals, including serving as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the New Zealand Students' Law Journal in 2009.

Professional Experience

Tim is admitted to practice, and has worked as an attorney, in New York, England and Wales, and New Zealand.  Between 2015 and 2019, Tim worked as a Senior Associate in the Disputes teams of the New York and London offices of Baker McKenzie LLP, focusing on white collar crime and commercial litigation.  From 2010 to 2014, Tim trained and worked in the Commercial Litigation and Public Law team of the Wellington office of Kensington Swan (now Dentons).  He has worked on, and appeared as counsel in, matters before first instance and appellate courts and tribunals in New York, England, and New Zealand.  Tim also travelled to London in 2014 as a New Zealand Pegasus Scholar, hosted by the Inner Temple.

Fields of research

Tim has broad legal interests, particularly in information and privacy law issues arising in common law jurisdictions.  His interests include:

  • Public, Administrative, and Constitutional Law, including human rights
  • Information and Technology Law, including privacy and data protection, freedom of information, and issues raised by evolving technologies
  • Criminal and National Security Law, particularly white collar crime, cybercrime, security, and cross-border issues
  • Public and Private International Law
  • Commercial Litigation and Arbitration, particularly in multi-jurisdictional contexts.

Tim's current Cambridge PhD research focuses on methods available to law enforcement to exchange data internationally and in particular the ways in which privacy and data protection rights can be protected during these data flows.  This builds on his Oxford MPhil research, titled 'Digital Privacy Rights and the CLOUD Act Regime', which evaluated the impact of a new bilateral US-UK data sharing treaty on rights protected by the US Fourth Amendment and Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.  Tim is also completing related research, funded by the New Zealand Office of the Privacy Commissioner, on the costs and benefits for New Zealand from seeking a similar data sharing agreement with the US.



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"Digital Privacy Rights and the CLOUD Act Regime" (2022) 47 Brooklyn Intl LJ (forthcoming)

(2022) 47 Brooklyn Intl LJ (forthcoming)
Published: Forthcoming

"Protecting Digital Privacy at the New Zealand Border" [2015] NZLJ 138

[2015] NZLJ 138
Published: May 2015

"A common law duty to disclose official information?" [2014] NZLJ 385

[2014] NZLJ 385
Published: Nov 2014

"A General Public Law Duty to Provide Reasons: Why New Zealand Should Follow the Irish Supreme Court" (2013) NZJPIL 517

Case Notes

The Presumption Against Extraterritoriality, Mutual Legal Assistance, and the Future of Law Enforcement Cross-Border Data Sharing (2021) MLR (in print)

Published: Forthcoming

Criminal international co-operation: R. (on the application of Terra Services Ltd) v National Crime Agency [2020] Crim LR 1062

Published: Sep 2020

Going for Gold – New Zealand High Court Considers “Fair Dealing” of Olympic Footage Online’ (2017) 28 Ent L Rev 102

Published: Mar 2017

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