Dr Nick Seddon is recognised as a leading authority in contract law. As special counsel in Ashurst Australia he advises Australian Government agencies and the private sector in common law and commercial law matters, including major contracts, major acquisitions, and the application of the Competition and Consumer Act. Nick also advises on the operation of legislation affecting government and private sector entities. He provides legal awareness training to both the public and private sectors. In 2004, Nick was appointed adjunct professor in The Australian National University College of Law.
Nick is the author of the leading text, Government Contracts: Federal, State and Local, as well as co-author of Cheshire & Fifoot Law of Contract. As a consultant to the Laws of Australia project, he contributed to volumes on the general principles of the law of contract. He was editor of the Federal Law Review from 1997-2000.
Nick was a former academic and teacher at the Australian National University. He has served as a part-time Commissioner on the Australian Law Reform Commission, and in 2000 was the legal panel member for the Bracks government's Audit Review of Government Contracts. In 2012 he was named the Best Lawyers' 2012 Canberra Government Lawyer of the Year.