Prof David McLauchlan
School of Law
Phone: 04 463 6352
Location: Room 103, Government Building, 55 Lambton Quay, Pipitea Campus
LAWS 211 - The Law of Contract
David joined the Faculty of Law in 1971 and has been Professor of Law since 1981. He is also Honorary Professor at The University of Queensland, Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne, an associate member of Stout Street Chambers in Wellington, and in 2008 he was the McWilliam Professor in Commercial Law at the University of Sydney.
David is the author of two books and has published many book chapters and journal articles, mainly in the areas of the law of contract and commercial law. He has received University awards for excellence in teaching and in research. The students at Victoria have voted him best lecturer in the Law Faculty several times in recent years.
David’s recent research has focused on remedies for breach of contract and contract interpretation. In 2007 a New Zealand Supreme Court judgment paid tribute to his “impeccable scholarship” in the interpretation field, saying that “his work to bring some logic and cohesion into the task of contractual interpretation has been as outstanding as it has been tireless”. His writings have been frequently cited in the judgments of other leading Commonwealth courts, most recently by Lord Hoffmann in the House of Lords case of Chartbrook v Persimmon Homes  UKHL 38.
- Law of Contract
Areas of Supervision (PhD and LLM)
- Law of Contract
Damages for breach of contract.
Selection of Publications
“Remoteness Re-invented?” (2009) 9 Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal pp 109-139.
“Contract Interpretation: What is it about?” (2009) 31(1) Sydney Law Review pp 5-51.
“Contract Interpretation in the Supreme Court — Easy Case, Hard Law?” (2010) 16 NZ Business Law Quarterly pp 229-267.
“Reliance Damages for Breach of Contract” in Jeffrey Berryman and Rick Bigwood, The Law of Remedies: New Directions in the Common Law (Irwin Law, 2010) pp 33-76.