Mr Barry Yau

BA, LLB (Monash), GDLP (ANU), LLM (Qld), SFHEA
Lecturer, ANU School of Legal Practice (formerly ANU Legal Workshop)
ANU College of Law

Areas of expertise

  • Law 1801
  • Commercial And Contract Law 180105
  • Corporations And Associations Law 180109
  • Legal Practice, Lawyering And The Legal Profession 180121

Research interests

Presently Barry's main research interest is student attitudes to the study of commercial law and the role legal ethics has in preparing students for commercial practice.  Barry is also interested in demistifying the study of commercial law, and the depiction of lawyers in popular media.

Biography

Barry has been a full-time lecturer with the ANU Legal Workshop since 2012.  Barry convenes Commercial Practice in the GDLP program, and convenes the Consumer Law elective once a year. Previously Barry convened Commercial Drafting in the ANU Master of Laws program from 2003 to 2007.

Barry previously practised as a lawyer in government practice at the Commonwealth, State and Territory levels, and in private practice, for 13 years.  Barry has practised in areas such as commercial and corporate law, administrative law, statutory interpretation, consumer law, and minor civil matters.  Barry's varied legal career includes being the Legal Officer at Charles Sturt University, and a two year stint as an Australian Volunteer Abroad lawyer in Papua New Guinea, where he worked with the Morobe Provincial Administration in the city of Lae.

In addition to his legal career, Barry was the Project Manager of the SAFE (Special Non-Invasive Advances in Fetal and Neonatal Evaluation) Network when he lived in the UK.  The Network was primarily funded by the European Community and brought together medical and health experts from over 50 institutional partners across Europe and beyond to implement routine, cost-effective non-invasive prenatal diagnosis and neonatal screening.  As Project Manager Barry was based at the University of Warwick.

Researcher's projects

Barry is leading a research project with David Catanzariti and Vivien Holmes regarding law students' and early career lawyers' attitudes to commercial law, and the role of legal ethics in the study and practice of commercial law.  Barry's research also examines the attitudes and reflections of early career commercial lawyers. As part of his qualitative research Barry is exploring the relationship commercial and corporate law has with legal ethics, wellness and work- life balance, and how these issues shape and influence the perceptions students and lawyers hold towards the practise of commercial and corporate law.

Refereed publications

  • Barry Yau, ‘The creeping corporatisation of consumer guarantee remedial relief: Implications of Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v LG Electronics Australia Pty Ltd on the Australian Consumer Law’, Competition and Consumer Law Journal (forthcoming).
  • Barry Yau, 'Reshaping the teaching-research nexus: Connecting with students through research blogging (with an autoethnographic perspective) before they become lawyers', The Law Teacher (forthcoming).
  • Barry Yau, David Catanzariti, Joanne Atkinson, 'The Information Gap: A comparative study of the paradigms shaping perceptions of career success for law undergraduates and professional legal training students in Australia and the latent implications of non-professional legal career opportunities for law graduates in England' in Rachael Field and Caroline Strevens (eds) Educating for Well-Being in Law, 2019.
  • Barry Yau and David Catanzariti, 'Bridging the Information Gap', (June 2018), Law Institute Journal.
  • Barry Yau, '"What’s Ethics got to do with it?’ Requiring students to be cognisant of ethical parameters in commercial practice',  (2013) 6 (1-2) Journal of the Australasian Law Teachers Association 11

Conference, panel and seminar presentations

  • Barry Yau, ‘Revitalising the study of Commercial Law: contractual negotiations, a legal ethical dilemma and a dose of cupcakes’, Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, March 2013, Nottingham, UK.
  • Barry Yau and Vivien Holmes, ‘What’s ethics got to do with it? Requiring students to be cognisant of ethical parameters in commercial practice’, Australasian Law Teachers Association Annual Conference, October 2013, Canberra.
  • Barry Yau, ‘Attitudes towards Commercial Law: From Undergraduate Law Students to Early Career Commercial Lawyers – Preliminary Observations on three Focus Group Proceedings’, Australasian Law Teachers Association Annual Conference, July 2014, Bond University. 
  • Barry Yau and Alexandra Johnstone, ‘Focus grouping attitudes towards commercial law in three legal communities, comparing attitudes of professional legal training students to those of undergraduates and early career commercial lawyers’, Australasian Professional Legal Education Council Annual Conference, November 2014, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Barry Yau, Panel member, Teaching session, Corporate Law Teachers Association Annual Conference, January 2015, University of Melbourne.
  • Barry Yau and Alexandra Johnstone, ‘Attitudes towards the study and practice of corporate and commercial law – from undergraduate law students to early career commercial lawyers’, Corporate Law Teachers Association Annual Conference, January 2015, University of Melbourne.
  • Alexandra Johnstone and Barry Yau, ‘Predictions,  perceptions and premonitions of law students about commercial law practice and work-life balance compared and contrasted with reflections, recollections (and some regrets) of early career commercial lawyers’, Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, March 2015, Cardiff, UK. 
  • Barry Yau and Alexandra Johnstone, ‘Complicities: A snapshot of the narratives driving lawyer career choice and work life balance based career decisions’, ANU College of Law Research in Progress seminar, December 2015, Canberra.  
  • Alexandra Johnstone and Barry Yau, ‘The narratives that drive us: lawyer career choice and work life balance’, Law, Literature and the Humanities Association of Australia Annual Conference, December 2015, UTS.
  • Barry Yau and Alexandra Johnstone, ‘Bridging the information gap in the law school environment: improving student wellness and identities within their narratives’, Wellness for Law Forum, February 2016, Sydney
  • Barry Yau and Alexandra Johnstone, ‘Collaboration through collection of research data: key consideration of attitudes to commercial law and focus by research participants on work life balance and wellness as primary narratives’, Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, March 2016, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. 
  • Barry Yau, ‘Bridging the information gap in the law school environment: improving wellness for PLT students as they prepare for commercial practice in a “top firm”’, Australasian Professional Legal Education Council Annual Conference, November 2016, Brisbane.
  • Liz Curran, Judith Harrison, Pamela Taylor-Barnett and Barry Yau, ‘Reflective Practice in Practical Legal Education: its rationale, benefits and challenges’, Australasian Professional Legal Education Council Annual Conference, November 2017, Melbourne.
  • Barry Yau, ‘Reshaping the teaching-research nexus: A lecturer blogs his research to his students before becoming lawyers’, ANU College of Law Research Seminar Series 14 August 2019.


 

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