Rhodes University Alumni wins Norton Rose Fulbright tax thesis writing

NOVEMBER 7, 2014

A well-respected legal firm and the South African Institute of Professional Accountants recently awarded David Grenville the Norton Rose Fulbright tax thesis writing award for the best 2013 Master’s degree tax thesis in South Africa.

Grenville is the first Rhodes graduate to win this prestigious award and received R20 000 for his achievement and Rhodes received R15 000.

He completed his Bachelor of Arts at Rhodes with distinction in Political & International Studies. He further completed his LLB (with honours), and a Master of Commerce (taxation) with distinction.

After completing his thesis in Taxation he entered the writing competition he saw advertised on a poster. He was given more information by his supervisor, Professor Lilla Stack.

“I am extremely grateful for the help and guidance provided to me by Professor Stack. Her support and insights incalculably enhanced my thesis. It was a privilege to be able to work with her on such an endeavour,” added Grenville.

Professor Stack believes that Grenville’s award was “richly deserved”.

For the purpose of his degree his thesis had to do with tax which is quite a broad area.

“It is always great to have one’s work recognised, but in this case it is especially so because of the unusual topic of my analysis. I am grateful that the judges of the competition saw merit in a work that seeks to promote the questioning of the core principles of our legal system.”

He is currently doing his articles at Knowles Husain Lindsay Inc, a law firm in Sandton, Johannesburg that specialises in corporate litigation.

“I am currently focused on completing my articles and acquiring some practical experience,” says Grenville of his future career goals.