Professor Tony Smith

Professor Tony Smith

Known professionally as A.T.H. Smith, Tony is a Professor of Law and former Dean of the Faculty of Law and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Government Relations) at Victoria University of Wellington. From 2015-2016 he was the Arthur Goodhart Professor of Law at Cambridge University.

Tony is a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College. Previously, he was the Director of the New Zealand Centre for Public Law; Cambridge University Professor of Criminal and Public Laws and is the author or joint author of various books including Arlidge, Eady and Smith on Contempt and an asknowledged expert on that area of law.

Since joining chambers in 2002 he has been involved in a number of notable cases including Douglas v Hello! and Interbrew SA v Financial Times Ltd.

Tony previously served as a Member of the International Panel of Advisers in the Appeal of Abdulbasset Al Megrahi (Lockerbie) at Camp Zeist, Holland and held positions on the Editorial Boards of the Criminal Law Review, Cambridge Law Journal and Journal of Financial Crime.

He was also Chairman of the Committee of Heads of University Law Schools and lectures at Cambridge, City University and in Paris.


1992 Called to the bar


University of Cambridge, LL. D.
University of Canterbury, New Zealand LL.B, LL.M.
Dean of the Faculty of Law and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Government Relations) at Victoria University of Wellington
Fellow and Tutor, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University - 1973
Reader in Law, University of Durham (Dean of Faculty 1984 - 1985) - 1981 - 1985
Professor of Law, University of Reading (Head of Department 1988-1990) - 1986 - 1990
Lecturer and then Reader, University Advocate, Professor of Law, University of Cambridge (Chairman of Faculty, 1999 - 2001) - 1990 - 1994, 1992 - 1994, 1996


Bencher of the Middle Temple
Admitted Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand - 1979

Areas of work

Data Protection and Information Law
Defamation and Malicious Falsehood
Privacy and Confidence

Featured cases

Financial Times Ltd & Ors v United Kingdom

Application no. 821/03 15/12/2009

Interbrew SA v Financial Times Ltd & Others

[2002] EWCA Civ 274; [2002] EMLR 446; [2002] 2 Lloyd's Rep 229 08/03/2002

Douglas v Hello! Ltd (No.3)

[2003] EWHC 55 (Ch); [2003] EMLR 601 27/01/2003


Arlidge, Eady & Smith on Contempt

Sweet & Maxwell
By Professor Tony Smith. 1 Dec 2005