Ms Ann Apps

Ms Ann Apps


Newcastle Law School (Law)

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.

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).

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.

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). 


  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Technology Sydney
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of New South Wales
  • Graduate Certificate in Occupational Hlth&Safe Man, University of New South Wales


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

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
180109 Corporations and Associations Law 80
180121 Legal Practice, Lawyering and the Legal Profession 10
180126 Tort Law 10

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
Newcastle Law School

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2001 - 1/11/2009 Sessional Academic University of Wollongong
Faculty of Law

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/03/2007 - 1/01/2010 Solicitor Andrew Warren Associates


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Ross 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

Journal article (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Apps AE, 'Legislating for co-operative identity: The new co-operatives national law in Australia', Company and Securities Law Journal, 34 6-29 (2016) [C1]
2015 Foster NJ, Apps A, 'The neglected tort ¿ Breach of statutory duty and workplace injuries under the Model Work Health and Safety Law', Australian Journal of Labour Law, 28 57-73 (2015) [C1]
Co-authors Neil Foster

Conference (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Ross 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 (2011) [E2]
Co-authors Nicola Ross

Ms Ann Apps


Newcastle Law School
Faculty of Business and Law

Focus area


Contact Details

Phone 49218610
Fax 49216931


Room MC 174
Building McMullin Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308