Paul Dalkie has practised as a barrister for more than 24 years in New Zealand and Australia. He appears in and has appeared in a wide range of civil and commercial cases and arbitrations. Prior to becoming a barrister he practised as a solicitor in Queensland for more than 8 years including at two global firms Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst) and Cannan & Peterson, Sly & Weigall (now Norton Rose Fullbright).

He has appeared and argued cases and conducted trials and appeals at all Court’s levels, including the Privy Council.

His practice has particular emphasis on contract disputes of all kinds, and corporate law, especially insolvency and shareholders and directors disputes.  

He is admitted to practice in New Zealand, Queensland and Victoria, and in the Federal Courts of Australia.

Visiting lecturer at the Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing, China in Corporations Law and Contract Law.

Moot Coach for a team in the Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot 2021/ 2022.

Recent Academic Papers:-

Insolvent Trading and Directors' Duties [2021] NZLJ 64

The Difficulty with a Concept of Relative Fault in Restitution (2021) 17 vol 1 Otago Law Review 143

Regular presenter for Legalwise Seminars on a range of topics within contract law, and company law.

Panelist of the NZLS Litigation Skills Course.


  • Appeals
  • Arbitration
  • Banking & Securities
  • Company Law
  • Commercial
  • Contract
  • Equity
  • Insolvency
  • Insurance
  • Professional Negligence
  • Real Property
  • Tax
  • Trusts & Trustees
  • White collar crime


Admissions and Qualifications

Formerly admitted solicitor in Queensland.
Currently a barrister on the rolls in New Zealand, Queensland & Victoria.

LL.M. University of Queensland




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