Prize details

I L M Richardson Prize in Private Law


$3,000 per annum

Closing date:

No application required


Former President of the Court of Appeal, the Rt Hon Sir Ivor Richardson died in December 2014 _ during his career he made a substantive contribution to the law and to social policy. Having obtained his LLB at the University of Canterbury and his LLM and doctorate at the University of Michigan, Sir Ivor became a partner in an Invercargill firm, Macalister Brothers, from 1957 to 1963. From 1963- 1966, he served as Crown Counsel in the Crown Law Office. He joined the Law Faculty at Victoria University, where he was professor for six years and served as dean of the Law Faculty. Between 1973 and 1977, he was a partner in one of New Zealands leading commercial firms, Watts & Patterson. During this time he served on the Council of Victoria University, as Chancellor from 1984-1986.

Sir Ivor was appointed a judge of the then Supreme Court in 1977. Such was his reputation that he was almost immediately appointed to the Court of Appeal, where he served from 1978 to 2002. He was President of the Court of Appeal from 1996 until his retirement.


Purpose of award

To help support students studying private law at Victoria University Law School. To be eligible they must have completed all four compulsory subjects - Contract, Tort, Property and Equity.

Selection criteria

  • 1. The prize will be for the aggregate of marks of qualifying students for the four compulsory private law subjects at the Law School:
  • 2. Currently the compulsory private law subjects are:
    1. Contract
    2. Tort
    3. Property
    4. Equity

    It is accepted that these may change from time to time.

  • 3. Awards made only to students 25 years or under

Duration of the Award


Number of awards offered

One, with the option of more SFA. The Dean of the Law Faculty has the discretion to award more than one if there are two equally good students who merit it.

Decision makers

The staff at the Faculty will be able to decide each year who has the top aggregate marks in the four compulsory subjects. The final decision will be made by the Dean of the School of Law.

Additional Information

No award shall be made in any year in which the Selection Panel considers there is no candidate of sufficient merit. If in any year the Prize is not awarded, the funds may be used in a subsequent year.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

Recipients are expected to write a letter of appreciation which will be forwarded appropriately. For more information about this award contact:
Position: The Scholarships Office
Organisation: Victoria University of Wellington
Address: PO Box 600 6140 New Zealand
Phone: +64 4 463 5557