Professor Peter Devonshire
LLB (Hons) Birm., LLM Alta., PhD
Peter Devonshire teaches and researches in private law, focusing on remedies, property rights and equity. His PhD thesis examined the relationship between interlocutory injunctions and third parties.
Peter received The University of Auckland Distinguished Teaching Award for the Faculty of Law in 1999 and in 2004 he received The University of Auckland Teaching Excellence Award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching.
Peter's monograph, Account of Profits, Thomson Reuters, Wellington, 2013 was joint winner of the JF Northey Memorial Book Award.
Peter’s articles have appeared in leading journals in New Zealand, England, Canada and Australia.
He is a section editor of New Zealand Business Law Quarterly and was formerly General Editor of New Zealand Universities Law Review.
Peter is a regular presenter at conferences and seminars in New Zealand and overseas. Recent presentations include:
"Fiduciary Obligations and Remedies for Breach of Fiduciary Duty" Legal Research Foundation, Auckland, 2021.
"Re-examining The Siskina Doctrine: Recent Developments" Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Preston, UK, 2019.
"Trusts and Account of Profits" Institute of Judicial Studies, Auckland, 2017.
"Revisiting the Taxonomy of Accessory Liability" The Impact of Equity and Restitution in Commerce Colloquium, Auckland, 2017.
"The Role of an Account of Profits in Defining Wrongful Fiduciary Gains" Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Oxford, 2016.
"Bribery in Retrospect: Where Did it all Go Wrong?" Law of Obligations - Issues in Restitution Symposium, University of Otago, 2016.
"Forfeiture of Payment to a Delinquent Agent: The Convergence of Law and Equity" Obligations Group Remedies Conference, Melbourne Law School, 2016.
"Personal Remedies in Equity" Institute of Judicial Studies, Auckland, 2015.
"Student Wellness" Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, Cardiff, 2015.
"Account of Profits" Legal Research Foundation, Auckland, 2014.
"Law Schools and the Market for International Postgraduate Students" Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, Leeds, 2014.
"Defining the Boundaries of Personal and Proprietary Relief Against Secret Commissions" Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, University of Edinburgh, 2013.
"Indigenous Students at Law School: Comparative Perspectives" Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, Nottingham Trent University, 2013.
"The Remedial Response to Bribes and Secret Commissions in a Fiduciary Relationship" Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, University of Bristol, 2012.
"Re-defining Learning Outcomes: A Case for the Assessment of Skills and Competencies in a Law Degree" Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, University of Oxford, 2012.
"The Nature of Pecuniary Awards for Interference with Property Rights" Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, University of Cambridge, 2011.
"Defining Pedagogical Standards and Benchmarks for Teaching Performance in Law Schools: Contrasting Models in New Zealand and the United Kingdom" Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, Cardiff, 2011.
"Developments in Equitable Remedies" Institute of Judicial Studies, Auckland and Wellington, 2010.
"Injunctions and Pecuniary Remedies for Breach of Confidence" Society of Legal Scholars Centenary Conference, Keele University, 2009.
"Fraud on a Power" Legal Research Foundaton Conference on the Modern Law of Trusts, Auckland, 2009.
"Account of Profits for Breach of Fiduciary Duty" Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, London School of Economics, 2008.
"Damages and Account of Profits" New Zealand Law Society Seminars, Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton and Auckland, 2008 (with T Mullins).
"Damages and Equitable Remedies" Institute of Judicial Studies, Auckland and Wellington, 2007.
Research | Current
Teaching | Current
- LAW 306 Equity
- LAW 471 Personal Property
- LAW 481 Equitable Remedies
- LAW 301 Land Law (1992-2003)
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Devonshire, P. (2020). Re-examining the Siskina doctrine: recent developments. Civil Justice Quarterly, 39 (3), 237-253.
- Devonshire, P. (2019). Forfeiture of payment to a delinquent agent. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 70 (2), 263-280. Related URL.
- Devonshire, P. (2019). Resulting trusts arising from voluntary payments: Developments in New Zealand. New Zealand Law Review, 2019 (2), 119-142. Related URL.
- Devonshire, P. (2019). Ancient Order of Foresters in Victoria Friendly Society Ltd v Lifeplan. Australian Law Journal, 93, 20-23.
- Devonshire, P. (2018). Account of Profits for Accessory Liability: Still in the Thrall of Fiduciary Doctrine?. In P. Devonshire, R. A. Havelock (Eds.) The Impact of Equity and Restitution in Commerce (pp. 251-268). Oxford: Hart Publishing.
- Devonshire, P., & Havelock, R. (Eds.) (2018). The Impact of Equity and Restitution in Commerce. Oxford: Hart Publishing. Pages: 277.
- Devonshire, P. (2017). The recovery of gains from a fiduciary's misuse of trust funds. The Cambridge Law Journal, 76 (2), 236-240. 10.1017/S0008197317000484
- Devonshire, P. (2016). Bribery in retrospect: Where did it all go wrong?. Otago Law Review, 14 (2), 297-311.
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Primary office location
17 EDEN CRESCENT - Bldg 803
Level 3, Room 309
17 EDEN CRES