Ivor Richardson

The Right Honourable
Sir Ivor Richardson
President of the Court of Appeal
In office
Preceded by Robin Cooke, Baron Cooke of Thorndon
Succeeded by Thomas Gault
Personal details
Born (1930-05-24)24 May 1930
Ashburton, New Zealand
Died 29 December 2014(2014-12-29) (aged 84)
Alma mater University of Michigan

Sir Ivor Lloyd Morgan Richardson PCNZM QC (24 May 1930 – 29 December 2014) was an eminent New Zealand and Commonwealth jurist and legal writer and a member of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.


He was a student at Timaru Boys' High School, Timaru, New Zealand.[1] He graduated from University of CanterburyCanterbury University College, Christchurch, in 1949 with an LL.B. degree. He went on to study at the University of Michigan in the United States, from where he graduated with an LL.M. degree and an S.J.D. degree.


Richardson was a partner in the Invercargill firm of Macalister Brothers from 1957 to 1963. From 1963 to 1966, he was Crown Counsel in the Crown Law Office in Wellington. He then joined the Victoria University of Wellington. He was Professor of Law, between 1967 and 1973, during which period he served as Dean of the Law Faculty from 1968 to 1971.[2]

After a period back in public practice in Wellington he was appointed as a judge in the High Court of New Zealand in 1977 and subsequently to the Court of Appeal in the same year. He was invested as a Privy Councillor in 1978.[3] In 2003 he was appointed to the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal.

He was a Distinguished Fellow at Victoria University.[4]

Influence on New Zealand taxation

Richardson has had significant impact on the development of New Zealand tax law and policy. During his time on the Court of Appeal he delivered most of the majority decisions on the significant tax cases of the time. For example, his ruling in CIR v Farmers' Trading Co Ltd (1982) 5 NZTC 61,200 was instrumental in the development of reference to accounting concepts in determining taxable income.[5]

He wrote or presented a number of influential papers, particularly on the development of theories around tax avoidance and was an important part of the reforms of the 1980s (see, for example, the First Report of the Working Party on the Reorganisation of the Income Tax Act 1976).

Richardson was the Chairman of the Council of Legal Education from 1983 to 1992. He also served as Pro Chancellor (1979 to 1984) and Chancellor (1984 to 1986) of the Victoria University of Wellington.


Richardson died on 29 December 2014, aged 84.[6]

Other service

Richardson chaired or served on numerous government committees and commissions. Notable among them were:[7]



  1. Archived October 1, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. "Senior judicial appointments: Court of Final Appeal and High Court". Info.gov.hk. Retrieved 2015-06-20.
  3. Archived May 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. Archived October 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. Core Provisions: Rewriting the Income Tax Act, A Discussion Document at page 16 ISBN 0-478-10304-2
  6. Chief Justice Pays Tribute To The Late Sir Ivor Richardson Scoop.co.nz, 1 January 2015
  7. "Rt Hon Sir Ivor Lloyd Morgan Richardson, 1930 - 2014". New Zealand Law Society.
  8. Archived October 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. The London Gazette: no. 50759. p. 16784. 30 December 1986. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  10. "The Queen's Birthday and Golden Jubilee Honours 2002" (5 June 2002) 57 The New Zealand Gazette 1553.
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