Ryan Catterwell


Qualifications: PhD (Syd), LLB (Adel)

Memberships: SA Bar Association

Ryan was admitted to practice in 2011. Prior to joining the bar in 2022, Ryan practised in commercial litigation, insurance, and building and construction at King & Wood Mallesons (Sydney) and Fisher Jeffries (Adelaide). He also lectured contract law and equity at the University of Adelaide and the University of Queensland.

Ryan holds a PhD on contract law conferred by the University of Sydney. He is published on contract and related topics both in Australia and internationally, including a book on contract interpretation published by Hart (Oxford).

Ryan accepts briefs in a wide range of areas, including:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Building and Construction
  • Insurance
  • Insolvency
  • Wills and Estates
  • Contract Law
  • Equity and Trusts

Areas of Practice - read more

  • Building & Construction
  • Contract Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Insolvency
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Wills & Estates

Publications - Read More

  • R Catterwell, A Unified Approach to Contract Interpretation (Hart: Oxford, 2020)
  • R Catterwell, “Autonomy and Institutionalism in the Law of Contract” (2022) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies (forthcoming)
  • R Catterwell, “Frustration and Assumption of Risk” [2022] 1 Journal of Business Law 76
  • R Catterwell, “Cognition, Automation and the Future of Contract Law”, in J Eldridge and T Pilkington (eds), Australian Contract Law in the 21st Century (Federation Press: Sydney, 2021)
  • R Catterwell, “Purposive Contract Interpretation and the High Court” (2020) 49 Australian Bar Review 54
  • P Babie, D Brown, R Catterwell, and M Giancaspro, “Cryptocurrencies as Property: Ruscoe and Moore v Cryptopia Limited (In Liquidation)” (2020) 28 Australian Property Law Journal 106
  • R Catterwell, “Automation in Contract Interpretation” (2020) 12 Law, Innovation and Technology 81
  • R Catterwell, “Striking a Balance in Contract Interpretation: The Primacy of the Text” (2019) 23 Edinburgh Law Review 52
  • G Pearson, E Peden, GJ Tolhurst, S McCracken, J Paterson, A McNaughton, R Catterwell and A Sillink, Commercial Law: Commentary and Materials (Lawbook Co, 4th ed, 2019)
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