Congratulations to James Ruddell, from the University of Auckland, who will be the first FMB Reynolds Scholar to study at Oxford.

The FMB Reynolds Scholarship has been established  to recognise the support that Emeritus Professor Francis Reynolds has provided to New Zealand law students at the University of Oxford for over 40 years.The aim of the scholarship is to assist New Zealand law graduates to commence postgraduate study in law at Oxford.

James was the top student at Auckland Law School last year, winning the Auckland District Law Society Prize for that and holding many other subject prizes. He has been Editor-in-chief of the Auckland University Law Review and Pro Bono manager for the Equal Justice Project (Auckland Law School's legal advice scheme). He has a forthcoming article on statutory interpretation and the general anti-avoidance rule in tax statutes to appear shortly in the New Zealand Universities Law Review.

We will look forward to welcoming James to Oxford in the Autumn when he will take up his place on the BCL.