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Professor of Law Emeritus, Bond University.
Adjunct Professor of Law, La Trobe University.
Honorary Professor of Law, University of Auckland and University of Waikato.




1959                 AT Clay Gold Medal, Rastrick Grammar School.

1959 - 1962      State and County Major Scholar, University College London.

1965                 Provost’s Bursary, University College, London.

1985                 JF. Northey Prize (jointly with M. Russell).     

1986                 Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Adelaide.

1986                 Parsons Scholar, Sydney.

1987                 Parsons Scholar, Sydney.

1989                 Fulbright Senior Scholar, University of California, Berkeley.

1989 - 1990      Visiting Professor, University of Toronto.

1998                 Visiting Professor, Duke University, Hong Kong Program.

1999 - 2002      Professorial Fellow, University of Hong Kong.

2003                 Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge.

2004                 Visiting Professor and Tory’s Faculty Fellow, University of Western Ontario.

2004                 Visiting Professor, Peking University and Tsinghua University, Beijing.

2006                 Visiting Professor, Ghent University.

  Honorary Life Member of the Australasian Law Teachers Association for services to legal education                          in Australia and New Zealand.

2013                 Honorary Life Member of the Corporate Law Teachers Association.

2014                 Honorary Professor of Law, University of Auckland and University of Waikato.

2015                 Adjunct Professor of Law, La Trobe University.            


1972 - 1974       Member of the Justice Committee on Bankruptcy.

1973 - 1974       Member of the English Law Commission’s Working Party on the Codification of Contract.

1973 - 1977       Member of the Justice Committee on Company Law.

1974 - 1977       Visiting Lecturer at the English Civil Service College on Law Reform.

1979 - 1980       Consultant to New Zealand Contracts and Commercial Law Reform Committee on the Law of Set-                          Off.

1990 - 1991       Consultant to New Zealand Treasury on Corporate Law Reform.

1988 - 1990     
  Draftsperson of the Tower Corporation Act 1990 (Scheme for eventual privatisation of Government                           Life Assurance Company).

Member of New Zealand Law Society Committees on Financial Advertising, Nominee Shareholdings and Securities Regulation.

Member of the Committee to Review the Companies Bill (NZ).

Consultant to the New Zealand Law Commission on Company Law, Chattels Security Reform and Insolvency Law Reform.

1983 - 1995       Consultant to UK Department of Trade and Industry on Codification of Directors’ Duties.

Consultant to Australian Law Reform Commission on Personal Property Securities Act.

Member of Commonwealth Attorney General’s Panel of Experts on Super Shares 1994.

Consultant to Business Council of Australia, Australian Institute of Directors and Australian Investment Managers Group.

Consultant to Attorney General’s Law Reform Advisory Council (Victoria) 1994.

1992 - 2004       Member of Legal Committee of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

2004 - 2008       Member of the Legislative Advisory Committee of New Zealand.


 Main research interests are Corporations Law, Corporate Governance and the Global Financial Crisis.

Current Research: 

Governance of Financial Institutions

The Global Financial Crisis

BRICS: Experiments with State Capitalism

Shareholder Activism



 Law Reform and the Law Commission Modern Legal Studies Series - Sweet & Maxwell (1974)


 An Introduction to Legal Method Sweet & Maxwell (1977).  Third edition with A M Dugdale (1990)


 Palmer’s Company Law, specialist Editor, 23rd and 24th editions


 Company Law and Securities Regulation in New Zealand (jointly with M Russell) Butterworths, NZ, (1985) (Winner of the J F Northey Prize of the Legal Research Foundation for the best law book published in New Zealand in 1985)


 Hahlo’s Cases and Materials on Company Law Editor, 3rd edition Sweet & Maxwell (1987)


 Chattel Security - Revision and Update (jointly with R J Scragg) NZLS (1987)


 Contemporary Issues in Company Law, CCH (NZ) (1987) editor and contributor


 Australian Corporation Law Service - Specialist Contributor (Company Charges)


Halsbury’s Laws of England, New Zealand Pilot, Commentary on Sale of Goods (jointly with Cynthia Hawes)


Farrar’s Company Law, 4th ed. with B. Hannigan, Butterworths, 1998


Corporate Governance in Australia and New Zealand, Oxford University Press, 2001


Guidelines on Corporate Governance for Small and Medium Sized Enterprise jointly with H. Bosch, The Hong Kong Institute of Directors, Hong Kong 2003


Comparative Corporate Governance, Bond University Press 2003.  Editor and contributor


Corporate Governance: Theories, Principles and Practice Oxford University Press, 2nd edition, 2004


Corporate Governance: Theories, Principles and Practice Oxford University Press, 3rd edition, 2008


Company and Securities Law in New Zealand Thomson Brookers, Wellington, 2008.  General Editor and author of eight chapters. Joint General Editor Second Edition 2013


 Legal Reasoning, Thomson Reuters, Sydney, 2010.


 Contemporary Issues in Corporate Governance, ed. by J H Farrar and S Watson, Centre for Commercial and Corporate Law, University of Canterbury, 2010.


 Regulatory Failure and the Global Financial Crisis (jointly with M Ariff and A Khalid eds) Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2012.


 Globalisation, the Crisis and the State, ed by J H Farrar and D Mayes, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2013.

Australia's Trade, Investment and Security in the Asian Century - ed by J H  Farrar, Mary Hiscock and Vai lo Lo, World Scientific, Singapore 2015

Corporate Governance -
by JH Farrar and Pamela Hanrahan, LexisNexis, Chatswood ,2017.



Company Law in Change (ed. by B Pettet), Stevens, London (1987) “Ownership and Control of the Public Listed Company - Revising or Rejecting the Concept of Control” pp 39-67


Commercial Law in New Zealand, (general ed. with A Borrowdale) Butterworths (NZ) Ltd (1992). Author of Chapters 1, 11-21, 36, 39, 40, 42-51


Takeovers, Institutional Investors and the Modernization of Corporate Laws O.U.P (1993). 

Editor and contributor of Chapters 1, 11 and 12


Dimensions in Business Finance Law (ed by J Prebble) Butterworths (NZ) Ltd (1992) “The Interface of Floating Charges, Romalpa Clauses and Credit Factoring” (jointly with G. McLay) pp 65-92


Essays in New Zealand Constitutional Law, “CER and Harmonization of Laws between Australia and New Zealand” Joseph P (ed.) (1995)


Corporate Insolvency, “Insolvency and Corporate Groups - the Problem of Consolidation” (Chapter jointly with A Darroch) J. Corkery and J. Lessing (ed.) (1995)

Current Developments in International and Comparative Corporate Insolvency Law J Ziegel (ed.), Clarendon Press Oxford (1994), Chapter 22, “The Responsibility of Directors and Shareholders for a Company’s Debts Under New Zealand Law”, pp 521-546


Essays on Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency, C. Rickett (ed.) Brookers Wellington (1996), “Voluntary Administration in Australia and the United Kingdom - A Comparative Study” pp 69-90


Company Law (with B Hannigan) Butterworths, London (1998) Fourth edition. Author of Chapters 1-14, 20, 22, 31-33, 35, 37, 38, 41-43


The Realm of Company Law – A Collection of Papers in Honour of Professor Leonard Sealy ed. by B. Rider, Kluwer Law, London (1998) “The Duty of Care of Company Directors in Australia and New Zealand” 37 – 52.


Key Developments in Corporate Law and Trusts Law – Essays in Honour of Professor Harold Ford (ed Ramsay) Lexis Nexis, Butterworths, Australia 2002 Chapter 3 Globalisation, “The New Financial Architecture and Effective Corporate Governance”


Law, Liberty, Legislation, (Finn and Todd (ed)).Lexis Nexis, Wellington, 2008. “Codification of Commercial Law”


The Sage Handbook of Corporate Governance ed by T. Clarke and D. Branson, Sage Publications Ltd, London 2012  Chapter 23 ‘The Governance and Regulation of Complex Conglomerates’, 520-530.


Regulatory Failure and The Global Financial Crisis (2012 supra) Chapter 8 “Improving the Governance of Financial Institutions” 127-138


Globalisation, the Crisis and the State (2013 Supra) Chapter 1 John Farrar and Daniel Mayes “Globalising the Modern State, Chapter 12 John Farrar and Mohamed Ariff ‘The Governance and Regulation of Sovereign Wealth Funds and Foreign Exchange Reserves in a Post GFC World’.”


The Rise of BRICS: Changing Paradigms for The Global Political Economy Vai Lo and M Hiscock (editors Edward Elgar 2014) John Farrar and Mohamed Ariff, “BRICS: Experiments within State Capitalism and Institutional Investment.

Australia's Trade, Investment and Security in the Asian Century - Ed by J Farrar, M Hiscock and Vai lo Lo, Chapter 1 "Hard Choices! Defining Australia's National Interest in the Asian Century."

The Future of Australian Legal Education - edited by K.Lindgren, F.Kunc and M.Coper, Thomson Reuters Sydney 2018, JH Farrar, Chapter 8 "The Future of Australian Legal Education: A Comparative View", 143-155




Modernizing Australian Corporations Law - Report for the Business Council of Australia and Australian Institute of Company Directors, 1992


Legal Impediments to Increased Institutional Investor Involvement in Corporate Governance - Report for Australian Investment Management Group 1993


Super Voting Shares - Report by Commonwealth Attorney General’s Expert Panel of Inquiry Feb. 1994 (Member and Co-author)




All England Reports Annual Review 1982 - Commercial Law Editor

Commercial Law notes 19-33.


Australian Law Journal

“The Personal Liability of Directors for Torts of Company” (1997) 71 ALJ 20 (note)


Australian Journal of Corporate Law

“Towards a Statutory Business Judgment Rule in Australia” (1998) 8 Austr J of Corp L 237 (article)

“In Pursuit of an Appropriate Theoretical Perspective and Methodology for Comparative Corporate Governance” (2001) 13 Austr J of Corp L 1 (article)

“The Global Financial Crisis and the Governance of Financial Institutions” (2010) 24 Austr J of Corp L 227 (article)

"Doctrinal Incoherence and Complex Variables in Piercing the Corporate Veil Cases" (2014) 29 Austr. J of Corp L 23

"The Duties of Controlling Shareholders - Complex Relationships, Legal Confusion and New Approaches" (2015) 30 Austr J of Corp L 140


Bond Law Review

“The Personal Liability of Directors for Corporate Torts” (1997) 9 Bond LR 102 (note)

“Reasoning by Analogy in the Law” (1998) 9 Bond LR. 149 (article)

“Frankenstein Inc or Fools’ Parliament? Revisiting the Concept of the Corporation in Corporate Governance” (1998) 10 Bond LR 142 (article)

“A Brief Thematic History of Corporate Governance” (1999) 11 Bond LR 259 (article)

“Corporate Governance and the Judges” (2003) 15 Bond LR 49 (article)

“Minority Shareholder” Remedies – Shifting Dispute Resolution Paradigms (2001) 13 Bond LR 272 (article)

“Piercing the Corporate Veil in an Era of Globalisation and International Terrorism and Emergence of the Lawyer as Gatekeeper and Whistleblower” (2004) 16 Bond L.R. 96 (article jointly with Christoph Pippel).

“The Development of an Appropriate Regulatory Response to the Global Financial Crisis” (2009) 21(3) Bond LR 1 (jointly with L Parsons and P Joubert) (article)

“Fighting Identity Crime” (2011) 23 Bond LR 88 (article)

"Piercing the Corporate Veil in Favour of Creditors and Pooling of Groups - A Comparative Study" (2013) 25 Bond LR 31


British Journal of Law and Society

“Legal Values:  (a short article/review of Stein & Shand’s “Legal Values in Western Society”) (1974) 1 British Journal of Law and Society 210


Cambridge Law Journal

“Illegality - Takeovers and Preacquisition Profits” [1973] CLJ 234 (case note)

“Abuse of Power by Directors”, [1974] CLJ 221 (case note)

“Reservation of Ownership and Tracing in a Commercial Context”, [1977] CLJ 27 (case note jointly with Nigel Furey)

“Inadequate Boards, Organs and Section 35A of the Companies Act” [2003] CLJ 45 – 47 (note)


Canadian Business Law Journal

“Business Judgment and Defensive Tactics in a Hostile Takeover” (1988) 14 CBLJ 15. (article)

“Tort and Piercing the Corporate Veil” (1990) 16 CBLJ - (Note)

“New Zealand Considers a PPSA” (1990) 16 CBLJ - (Note)

“The United Kingdom Companies Act 1989” (1991) 17 CBLJ 150 (Note)


Canterbury Law Review

“Dr C J Foster - Canterbury’s First Law Teacher” [1980] 1 CantLR 5-14 (article)

“Law Reform in New Zealand - The State of Play” [1980] 1 CantLR 104-121 (article)

“Cross Frontier Mergers” [1989-91] 4 CantLR 429-446 (article)


“Directors’ Duties and Corporate Governance in Troubled Companies” [2001] 8 Cant LR 99 (article)


Commonwealth Law Ministers’ Conference 1983

“Crimes Relating to Insolvency” (with P Aldridge) (article)


Company and Securities Law Journal

“Legal Issues Involving Corporate Groups” (1998) 16 C & SLJ 160 (article)

“Related Party Transactions in New Zealand; An Empirical Study of a Flawed System” (2012) 30 C&S LJ 110 (jointly with D Jessep & S Watson) (article)


Company Lawyer

“The Floating Charge on Trial” [1980] 1 Co Law 83 (article)

“Company Insolvency and the Cork Recommendations” [1983] 4 Co Law 20 (article)

“The Impact of Institutional Investment on Company Law” [1984] 5 Co Law 107 (jointly with M Russell) (article)


Conveyancer and Property Lawyer

“Floating Charges and Priorities” (1974) Conv (NS) 315 (article)

“The Crystallisation of a Floating Charge” (1976) Conv (NS) 397 (article)


Corporate and Business Law Journal

“Corporate Governance, Business Judgement and the Professionalism of Directors” (1993) 6 CBLJ 1-28 (article)

"The Move from Private Enforcement to Public Enforcement and Now The Move to Litigation Funding of Shareholder Activism: Are We Entering a New Era of Access to Justice in Corporate Law?" (2015) EBLR75


Insolvency Law and Practice

“Some Distinctive Characteristics of New Zealand Insolvency Law” (1985) 1 Insolvency Law and Practice 68 (article)


International and Comparative Law Quarterly

“Law Reform Now - a Comparative View” (1976) 25 ICLQ 214 (article).

Cappelletti and Jolowicz “Public Interest Parties and the Active Role of the Judge in Civil Litigation” (1976) 25 ICLQ 708 (review)


IPA Review

“The Idea of a Private University” (1996) 49 IPA Review 19-22 (article)


Journal of Business Law

“The EEC Draft Convention of Bankruptcy” [1972] JBL 256 (article)

“Developments in the Law of Receivers” [1975] JBL 23 (article)

Editorial on Reform of Bankruptcy Law [1975] JBL 86

“Corporate Insolvency and the Law” [1976] JBL 214 (article)

“The EEC Draft Convention on Bankruptcy and Winding Up - A Progress Report” [1977] JBL 320 (article)

“Recent Developments in New Zealand Company Law” [1980] JBL 296 (article)

“Fraudulent Trading” [1980] JBL 336 (article)

“The Bankruptcy of the Law of Fraudulent Preference” [1983] JBL 390 (article)

As Insolvency editor I wrote case notes from 1976 until 1990.  I also reviewed numerous books on Insolvency.


Journal of Corporate Law Studies

“Self-dealing, Fair-dealing and Related Party Transactions – History, Policy and Reform” (2011) 11 JCLS 495-524 (article)


Journal of Malaysian and Comparative Law

“The Radical Transformation of Company Law – Global Trends and Local Initiatives” (2006) 33 JMCL 1 (article)


Journal of the Society of Public Teachers of Law

“Law as Fact” (1972) 12 JSPTL (NS) 62 (a short article/review of Olivecrona’s 2nd edition)

Lord Chorley’s “Law of Banking” 6th ed (1975) 13 JSPTL (NS) 22 (review)


Judicial Review

“Reasoning by Analogy in the Law” (2009) 9(3) The Judicial Review 309 (article)


Law Quarterly Review

“Social Investment and Pension Scheme Trusts” (1986) 102 LQR 32 (with J K Maxton) (case note)


Modern Law Review

“A Bank’s Rights in an Insolvency Situation” (1971) 34 MLR 211 (case note)

“The Effect of s 9 of the European Communities Act 1972 on English Company Law” (jointly with D G Powles) (1973) 36 MLR 270 (article)

“Fraud, Representative Actions and the Gagging Writ” (1975) 38 MLR 455, (jointly with N V Lowe) (casenote)

“Report of the Committee on the Preparation of Legislation” (1975) 38 MLR 533 (note)


New Law Journal

“The Taxation of Investment Trusts” (1967) 117 NLJ 286 (article)

“The Industrial Reorganisation Corporation” (1967) 117 NLJ 317 (article)

“The Finance of Take-over Bids” (1967) 117 NLJ 565, 593 (2 articles)

“Thomas More - Lawyer and Judge” (1969) 119 NLJ 679 (article)

“Illegality in Take - over Bids” (1970) 120 NLJ 401 (3 articles)

“Contracting out of Set - off” (1970) 120 NLJ 771 (article)

“Mutual Dealings and a Bank’s Lien” (1971) 121 NLJ 314 (article)

“Transfer of a Business to a Company” (1971) 121 NLJ 332 (article)

“The Authority of a Company Secretary” (1971) 121 NLJ 911 (article)

“Fraudulent Trading and the Company Secretary” (1972) 122 NLJ 13 (article)

“Termination of a Partnership on the Grounds of Illness” (1972) 122 NLJ 172 (article)


New Zealand Business Law Quarterly “The Governance of SMEs and Unlisted Companies” (2008) 14 NZBLQ 213 – 230 (article)


New Zealand Law Journal

“Informal Company Arrangements with Creditors” (1979) NZLJ 71 (article)

“Public Policy and the Pari Passu Rule” (1980) NZLJ 100.  (Article)


New Zealand Law Review

“Enforcement: A Trans-Tasman Comparison” (2005) NZ Law Review 383 (article)


New Zealand Universities Law Review

“Alteration of Objects - a suitable case for treatment” (1978) 8 NZULR 164 (extended case note)

“The Securities Act 1978” (1979) 8 NZULR 301 (note)

Numerous book reviews


Oxford Journal of Legal Studies

“Law Reform in New Zealand” (1987) 7OJLS 151 (note)


Public Law Review

“Corporatisation, Corporate Governance and the Deregulation of the Public Sector Economy” (1995) 6 Public Law Review 24 (jointly with B McCabe) (article)


Singapore Academy of Law Journal


Guest editor of Special Issue on Company Law 2011


“Directors’ Duties of Care – Issues of Classification, Solvency and Business Judgement and the Dangers of Legal Transplants” (2011) 23 SAcLJ 745-761.(article)


“Globalisation, the Global Financial Crisis and the Reinvention of the State” (jointly with Louise Parsons) (2012) 24SAcLJ 367-401(article)


University of New South Wales Law Journal

“Developing Corporate Governance in Greater China” (2002) 25 UNSWLJ 462 (article)


Victoria University of Wellington Law Review

“Harmonization of Business Law between Australia and New Zealand” (1989) 19 VUWLR 435 (article)

“Salmond and Corporate Theory” (2008) 38 VUWLR 925 (article)


Waikato Law Review

“Book Review: Legal Reasoning: The Use of Analogy in Legal Argument” (2006) 14 Wai. L. Rev. 145.

“Winds of Change Hit the Legal Profession” (2007) 15 Wai. L. Rev. 23 (Book review)

“Living with the Waikato Foundation Principles 20 Years On” (2010) 18 Wai. L. Rev.83 (article)


Yearbook of New Zealand Jurisprudence

“Early Conceptions of the State in New Zealand” (2010-11) 13& 14 YBNZJ 51 (article)