Staff Profile


Career Summary


Ann joined Newcastle Law School as a lecturer in 2010. She was previously employed as a solicitor in regional New South Wales where she has practised in the areas of civil litigation, property and commercial law. Ann is currently enrolled as a PhD student at the TC Beirne School of Law University of Queensland . Her thesis topic is "Realising Potential : A comparative study of legal frameworks for co-operatives in Australia and the South Pacific."  Her broader research interests include corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and legal models for social enterprise.  Ann teaches Foundations of Law, Law of Business Organisations, Contract Law and Conveyancing to undergraduate students in the Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business and Commerce programs.


  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Technology Sydney, 12/05/1992
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of New South Wales, 26/02/1982
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of New South Wales, 26/02/1982
  • Graduate Certificate in Occupational Hlth&Safe Man, University of New South Wales, 23/05/2006


Research keywords

  • Breach of Statutory Duty
  • Co-operatives Law
  • Corporations Law
  • Social Enterprise
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Tort

Research expertise

Ann is currently enrolled in a PhD at TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland. Her supervisor is Professor Jennifer Corrin. Ann is also a research fellow at the Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law at University of Queensland. Ann's thesis topic is "Realising potential, a comparative study of co-operative law in the Australia and the South Pacific". The thesis explores regulatory frameworks for co-operative businesses and their potential as a collective tool for sustainable development in traditional communities in the Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

Fields of Research

180109Corporations And Associations Law80
180121Legal Practice, Lawyering And The Legal Profession10
180126Tort Law10


Administrative expertise

Ann is currently a member of the Faculty of Business and Law Teaching and Learning Committee (2011 - 2015). She was a member of the Faculty Board (2011 - 2013) and a member of the Law School Program Management Group (2014).


Teaching keywords

  • Business Law
  • Conveyancing
  • Corporations Law

Teaching expertise

Ann teaches Foundations of Law and Law of Business Organisations to students undertaking the Bachelor degrees in Business and Commerce. She also teaches Contract Law to students undertaking the Bachelor of Laws and Conveyancing Practice to students who are also enrolled in the Diploma of Legal Practice.



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Chapter (1 outputs)

2014Ross N, Apps AE, Campbell S, 'Shaping the future lawyer: connecting students with clients in first-year law', Legal Education: Simulation in Theory and Practice, Ashgate, London 67-86 (2014) [B1]

Co-authors: NICOLA ROSS

Conference (1 outputs)

2011Ross NM, Campbell SA, Apps AE, 'Up close and personal - Creating a simulated client experience for first year law students', 14th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference 2011, Brisbane, QLD (2011) [E2]

Co-authors: NICOLA ROSS


Grants and Funding

No funding.


Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

No Supervisions.


Ms Ann Apps

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Newcastle Law School
Faculty of Business and Law
The University of Newcastle, Australia
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