Two lecturers appointed

25 October 2011


As well as a BA and LLB(Hons) from Auckland, Rohan Havelock holds an LLM (First Class Hons) from Cambridge University where he completed a thesis in the law of restitution. This was an analysis of recovery in situations where a party performs services, or takes steps, in anticipation of a contract with another party which is never in fact concluded.

He has spent the past five years as a solicitor (and Senior Associate) at Bell Gully in Auckland, involved in a wide range of commercial litigation, including many complex and challenging cases.

“I have gained practical experience in all aspects of commercial litigation, including preparing advice, drafting pleadings/evidence, and appearing as counsel. In particular, I have developed a commercial focus and insight into how law affects commercial parties and relationships.”

On his career switch, Rohan says he has always been interested in legal research and writing, as well as helping others to learn. “Because academia will enable me to focus on and develop these areas, it was a natural path for me.”

In Semester One Rohan will be teaching Contract Law and in Semester Two Equity. His primary research focus will be in Insurance Law, Commercial Equity and the Law of Restitution. He has published in the New Zealand Law Journal and the Restitution Law Review.

Marcus Roberts has BA, LLB(Honours) and LLM(1st class Honours) degrees. He graduated with his masters in September after completing an LLM thesis on recent developments in the law of employers’ vicarious liability for their employees’ negligent misstatements.

Next year he will be teaching Contract, Torts and Introduction to Common Law. “I particularly enjoyed teaching – it is the best way to see if your understanding of a topic is any good!” says Marcus. “It was great to be able to help students go from knowing next to nothing about a topic to being able to handle fairly complex problem situations at the end of the year.”

Keen to continue in a fulltime position Marcus now has the chance to “put into practice all the lessons learned during my first year of teaching and to gain further experience and skill both as a teacher and a researcher”.

His primary research focus will be in Contract and Torts. In the short term he is planning further work on vicarious liability, building on his LLM thesis. Marcus has had publications accepted for Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly and for the New Zealand Law Journal

Marcus has experience as a law clerk and then a lawyer in the tax and insolvency litigation teams at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, and as a tutor at AUT’s Law School.