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Simon Dorset

Lecturer - Teaching and Admin

Faculty of Law

17 October 2023


    LLB and BA (Political Science/History) (University of Canterbury)

    Simon currently co-ordinates LAWS 101: Legal System: Legal Method and Institutions and tutors in LAWS 206: Public Law.  He is the Assistant Dean (Students), a member of the Faculty of Law Executive Committee and Learning & Teaching Committees.  He chaired the University’s Teaching Development Grant sub-committee for five years and was a member of the Teaching Awards sub-committee for nine years.

    Simon was President of the Canterbury Law Students’ Society in 1990 and practised for five and half years with Lane Neave Ronaldson in Christchurch before joining the Institute of Professional Legal Studies (IPLS) as an instructor.  While at the IPLS, he was seconded to Wynn Williams & Co for six months.  Up until 2020 he consulted to Tavendale and Partners, Solicitors, Christchurch and Ashburton.

    Since graduating, Simon has been involved in many spheres of legal education. He co-presented the New Zealand Law Society Residential Property Transactions workshop for three years, was the national examiner in Consumer Law for the Aviation Tourism and Travel Industry Training Board and a part-time lecturer in the Department of Travel and Tourism, Christchurch Polytechnic (now Ara).  In the early 2000s he was in Perth, Western Australia, as the Director of the Articles Training Program. While in WA, he lectured part-time at the Curtin University Graduate School of Business, was a member of the Law Dean’s Advisory Committee at Murdoch University and was a member of the Executive of the Australasian Professional Legal Education Council.  Between October 2003 – October 2004, Simon was based in Auckland as the foundation Director of Programmes for the College of Law New Zealand.

    Simon has been actively involved in International Development Aid in the Pacific including stints in Papua New Guinea (AusAID) and Timor Leste (UNDP/Ministry of Justice for Timor Leste).  He also served as a Disputes Tribunal Referee in Christchurch 2010-2013.  He was a member of the Medbury School Trust Board 2009-2020.

    He is the author of the Lexis Nexis Student Companion: Public Law (6th ed, Lexis Nexis, Wellington, 2016) and a contributing author to Richard Scragg (ed) Legal Writing: A Complete Guide for a Career in Law (Lexis Nexis, Wellington, 2014).

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