High Court Justice Peter Woodhouse


High Court Justice Peter Woodhouse

Professional Data:

2014 Judge Survey Score (1-10):  7.9    Ranking (out of 63)  20thWoodhouse

Postion & Titles: Queen’s Counsel, Member of
New Zealand Society Legislation
Committee (1997-2004)
Judge of: High Court, since August 2007
Specializations and Professional Interests: Judge Peter’s CV states his expertise in civil and commercial law includes the fields of administrative law and judicial review, constitutional and public law, contracts, company law equity, injunctions, insolvency, land law and property sales, negligence, relationship property, sale of goods and product liability, statutes and legislation, torts, trusts, estates and wills.
Professional Comments: Member of the old-boys’ club.  Bench performance spotty.  Son of former Court of Appeal President Sir Arthur OWEN WOODHOUSE.
Background / Education: Hails from Bankside Chambers in Auckland.  Peter’s CV claims specialties in both civil and commercial litigation and in advising on dispute resolution. His early career saw Peter as a litigation partner at the firm of Glaister Ennor in Auckland for 17 years. He became a barrister sole in 1993.

Became a Queen’s Counsel in 2002.   From 1997 to 2004 he was a member and convenor of the New Zealand Law Society Legislation Committee, reviewing proposed legislation and submissions to Parliament.

Degrees: BA (Political Studies) LLB (Hons) Auckland, 1975
Admitted to the Bar: 1979
Company Involvements:

Personal Data

Born: 1951
New Zealand
Sex: Male
Married: 19 Children:
Interesting Relationships and Coincidences:  Son of a former Court of Appeal President Owen Woodhouse
Miscellaneous: Claims rudimentary understanding of French