Mr Ryan Catterwell is a Lecturer at the TC Beirne School of Law, teaching undergraduate contract law.  He is also a doctoral candidate at the University of Sydney where he is finalising his research on the construction of contracts.  Ryan’s research interests include contract theory, legal interpretation, logic and law and technology and law. 

Prior to joining the University, Mr Catterwell was an Associate to the Hon. Justice Besanko in the Federal Court.  Following his Associateship, Mr Catterwell practised for 6 years as a solicitor at leading commercial law firms in Sydney and Adelaide.  His practice focus was general commercial litigation, building and construction law and insurance law.  During practice, Ryan worked in an advisory, litigious and transactional capacity. 

In conjunction with legal practice, Ryan commenced and progressed his doctoral research at the University of Sydney.  He also lectured and tutored undergraduate contract law subjects at the University of Adelaide.  Since 2013, Ryan has been the associate editor of the Journal of Contract Law.  



Catterwell, R, “The indirect use of evidence of prior negotiations and subjective intention: part of the surrounding circumstances” (2012) 29 Journal of Contract Law 183

Catterwell, R, “Contract Interpretation and Conveyancing” (2012) 86 Australian Law Journal 223