Accolade for franchise law student

19 July 2011

University of Auckland Business School graduate Jessica Pludthura, has won the Gaze Burt Prize in Franchise Law for 2011.

Jessica was awarded the prize, worth $500, for topping the masters paper in Franchise Law which she took as part of the BCom(Hons) degree in Commercial Law last year. She completed this degree with first class honours having earlier gained a BCom in Accounting and Taxation.

Boosted by this success, Jessica who is from the Te Atatu Peninsula will begin studying for an MSc in Law and Accounting at the London School of Economics in September. She says she is “elated and extremely grateful” at receiving the prize, saying she feels it is an acknowledgement of her work in 2010 and has given her additional self-belief and confidence to pursue further postgraduate study.

Having already worked as an intern at a major accounting firm, Jessica wants to obtain a Chartered Accountancy qualification and work in the professional services industry as a tax consultant.

With interests in both taxation and franchise law she hopes to carry out further academic research on New Zealand franchise law.

“The body of law surrounding franchises is such an open avenue in New Zealand and it’s not hard to foresee this area of law growing.”

Currently Jessica is a Research Assistant for Senior Lecturer Gehan Gunasekara in the Department of Commercial Law at The University of Auckland Business School.