Simon Dorset

Lecturer(T&A)Simon Dorset

Assistant Dean (Students)
Meremere 333
Internal Phone: 93760


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 School of Law Executive Committee and a member of the both the University and School of Law Learning & Teaching Committees.  He chairs the University’s Teaching Development Grant sub-committee and is a member of the Teaching Awards sub-committee.

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.  He currently consults to Tavendale and Partners, Solicitors, Christchurch and Ashburton, one day per week.

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 is currently a member of the Medbury School Trust Board.

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).