Ms Andrea McLachlan

Andrea McLachlan

Lecturer in Commercial Law - School of Accounting, Finance and Economics

Qualifications: LLB; LLM (First Class Honours)

Iwi: Ngai Tahu

Contact Details

Room: MSB.3.29
Phone: +64 7 837 9243

About Andrea

As well as being a full member of the New Zealand Law Society, I am studying for a doctorate in the area of corporate governance. My research interests cover governance, business ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainability, but from the perspective of decision-making by the Board of Directors. I also have an interest in governance for micro, small and medium enterprises, where there is a real lack of knowledge of the legal responsibilities that come with becoming a director.

My approach to teaching is a practical one. Statutory provisions cannot be overlooked, but cases involve real life people with real life issues who end up having someone independent (a judge) make decisions about their decisions. My aim is for accounting students to understand the legal frameworks around companies, and be able to communicate relevant information concerning those frameworks to their clients. This includes pointing out relevant examples of business ethics throughout the semester.

Additionally I am involved with the Women in Law Association, a sub-committee of the Waikato Bay of Plenty Law Society Branch Council. This gives me the opportunity to interact with practitioners and make "town and gown" relationships, which is important for my own professional development.