Aaron Lloyd assists clients with problem-solving and risk management in a range of areas, including sports law, employment law, and criminal and white-collar defence and advisory work. His principal focus is on litigation avoidance, and strategic and risk management advice, although he continues to represent clients before all of New Zealand’s courts, including the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Employment Court. His work in the sports industry includes representing athletes and sports organisations on disputes, disciplinary matters and in relation to anti-doping and other integrity matters.
Mr Lloyd is ranked as a Band 1 Sports Lawyer by Chambers and Partners (Asia-Pacific), and is also recommended by Who’s Who Legal as one of the world’s leading sports lawyers. He acts as judicial officer for New Zealand Rugby League, Netball New Zealand, and Tri-NZ. He regularly defends rugby union players and has appeared as counsel at over 50 rugby judicial hearings, including at iRB/World Rugby and SANZAAR levels. Mr Lloyd has worked with a number of elite-level athletes and organisations including the Volvo Ocean Race, the New Zealand, Argentinian, South African, Welsh and Italian rugby unions, board-sailor JP Tobin, rugby players and officials Ma’a Nonu, Jean de Villiers, Bakkies Botha, Sergio Parisse, Sir Graham Henry, Sir John Kirwan, John Mitchell, Daniel Carter, Jerome Kaino and James Haskell, the Australian Grand-Prix Corporation and the AUT Millennium Institute (New Zealand’s National High Performance Training Centre).