We are uniquely placed in the New Zealand market to meet clients' needs. We are the legal adviser to Sport New Zealand and previously advised the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 on all matters relating to the organisation and delivery in New Zealand of the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
Our approach is to build sound relationships and become trusted advisers, which is what we achieved over the course of four years advising Rugby New Zealand 2011 (RNZ 2011) in connection with the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The 2011 Rugby World Cup was one of the top three sporting events in the world - and the largest sporting event ever held in New Zealand. We were privileged to have played a part in its success.
We have the expertise and capacity to provide commercial and solutions-focused advice across a range of events and sports law issues, including:
Major events contracts
Constitutional and governance advice for all forms of sporting organisations, including independent reviews
Government funding of sports and funding agreements
Restructuring and mergers of organisations
Codes of practice, rules and other protocols
Assets/research and development
Membership rights and obligations.
Our team advises a range of clients including RNZ 2011, ATEED, Cricket World Cup 2015, Sport New Zealand, SKY Television (SKY), Swimming New Zealand, Yachting New Zealand, Snow Sports New Zealand, New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association, Badminton New Zealand and Tasman Regional Sports Trust.
Advising ATEED (in a peer review capacity)
regarding the V8 supercar arrangements
Acting for the organising committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 (jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand)
on various legal matters in relation to the New Zealand based aspects of the tournament
Assisting RNZ 2011
with the drafting and negotiating of over 30 agreements with venues and local authorities throughout New Zealand for the hosting of matches and teams for RNZ 2011, and assisting RNZ 2011 on the relocation of matches and teams and associated variations as a result of the Christchurch earthquakes
Acting for Sky Television
in relation to the acquisition of sports rights and the production of sports coverage, including the acquisition of New Zealand media rights for RWC 2011, London Olympics, NRL, SANZAR rugby, Premier League, V8s, Trans-Tasman Netball, NZ Cricket and ICC cricket, and host broadcaster production issues related to most major sports events in New Zealand
Providing a legal helpline service and advice to the sector in association with Sport New Zealand to National Sports Organisations and Regional Sports Trusts nationally
This includes advice on a wide range of issues faced by sporting organisations, such as governance, intellectual property, event management, player discipline/participation, health and safety contractual and employment advice, and brand protection
Assisting RNZ 2011
with the drafting and negotiating of agreements for transport (coach and air), vehicle rental, catering, advertising, IT services, the street banner programme, freight services, accreditation centre sites and match-day services for RNZ 2011