Professor Francis Dawson

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Honorary Academic


Francis Dawson recently returned to teaching after a lengthy spell in practice. He specialises in Contract. His special interest is int he workings of New Zealand's contract statutes and remedies for breach of contract. He is also interested in Equity Jurisprudence and in the history of contracts. He is a contributing editor to Benjamin on Sale, and is the New Zealand Secretary to the Selden Society.

He also has extensive practical experience in corporate and securities law. Major assignments which he undertook as a practitioner included the first demutualisation of a building society, its conversion into a registered bank and its listing on the stock exchange; the corporatisation of a regional electricity network and its initial public offering of securities; the acquisition of a trading bank and the subsequent merger of the target entity with the acquirer; debt offerings of medium term notes on the Luxembourg and London Stock Exchanges; a demerger of an insurer and its trustee services arm; the commutation of an insurer’s liabilities under certain policies of insurance; the acquisition for an offshore investor of a majority stake in a dairy processing company; a merger between a building society and a registered bank; and most recently, advice tp the Institute of Chartered Accountants (a statutory corporation) on its proposed merger with its Australian counterpart.

Teaching | Current

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Areas of expertise

Legal History


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Dawson, F. (2017). Essential Terms and Condition Precedent. Law Quarterly Review, 133 (April), 183-188.
  • Dawson, F. G. (2016). Remedies. In M. Bridge (Ed.) Benjamin's sale of goods second cumulative supplement to the ninth edition (incorporating 2015 special supplement) up-to-date to July 2016 (pp. 253-287). Sweet & Maxwell.
  • Dawson, F. G. (2016). Damages for anticipatory breach. Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, 6-14.
  • Dawson, F. (2016). Determining Penalties as a Matter of Construction. Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, 207-219.
  • Dawson, F. G. (2015). Contract objectivity and interpretation in the Supreme Court : a review of Dysart Timbers Ltd. v Nielsen and of Vector Gas Ltd. v. Energy Ltd. In A. Stockley (Ed.) The New Zealand Supreme Court : the first ten years (pp. 219-250). Wellington, NZ: LexisNexis NZ Ltd.
  • Dawson, F. G. (2015). Interpretation and Rectification of Written Agreements in the Commercial Court. The Law Quarterly Review, 131 (3), 344-348.
  • Dawson, F. G. (2014). Remedies. In M. G. Bridge (Ed.) Benjamin's Sale of Goods. UK: Sweet & Maxwell.
  • Dawson, F. G. (2014). Rectification of Voluntary Settlements. The Law Quarterly Review, 130 (3), 356-359.

Contact details

Primary office location

17 EDEN CRESCENT - Bldg 803
Level 2, Room 203
New Zealand