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Aaron Lloyd

Aaron Lloyd



  • Aviation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Competition
  • Employment and Labor

WSG Practice Industries


WSG Leadership

Sports and Recreation
Aaron is a partner in the firm’s dispute resolution division. He advises clients on a range of litigious and risk related matters, with particular expertise in the areas of white collar criminal and regulatory affairs, sports law and employment law. Aaron leads our sports law practice, and is a member of the firm’s health and safety and public law teams.

Aaron is well regarded by clients for his ability to analyse and strategise complex situations. He is recognised by both clients, and his peers, for being able to implement pragmatic and commercial strategies to minimise risk and create opportunity for our clients. His ability has resulted in clients avoiding significant litigation and commercial consequences.

In 2017 Aaron was named by Chambers & Partners (Asia Pacific) as one of New Zealand’s leading sports lawyers, and has been recognised for his employment and sport s law expertise in other legal directories including Asia-Pacific Legal 500 and Who’s Who.

Before joining MinterEllisonRuddWatts Aaron practiced as a barrister with Paul Davison QC, and has lectured at the University of Auckland.

Bar Admissions

High Court of New Zealand (2000)


LLB (Hons) University of Auckland
BA (Political Studies and Philosophy) University of Auckland
Areas of Practice

Aviation | Commercial Litigation | Competition | Employment and Labor | Government | Intellectual Property | Litigation | Privacy | Regulatory | Sports and Recreation | White Collar Crime

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Aaron is listed by Who's Who Legal as one of the leading sports lawyers in New Zealand (2014).
Aaron is "highly recommended" by the ALP 500 Legal Directory (2013) for his expertise in employment law.
Recipient, University of Auckland Honours & Master Scholarship (2000).
Recipient, Senior Prize in Law (1999), Senior Prize in Philosophy (1997), University of Auckland.

Professional Associations

Member New Zealand Law Society
Associate Member, American Bar Association
Member and former executive, Legal Research Foundation Inc
Member Institute of Directors (New Zealand)
Member Auckland Medico-Legal Society
Member Transparency International (New Zealand)
Appointed SPCA Pro-Bono Prosecution Panel
Appointed Sports Tribunal of New Zealand Panel of Pro-Bono Counsel


COVID-19 Vaccinations: The Workplace Essentials
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, November 2021

As New Zealand gets ready for the new traffic light system and living with COVID all employers should be taking steps to address the risks that COVID-19 presents in the workplace and how these risks can be best managed. There are a lot of questions being raised. We have put together this short guide and flowchart of the things that all employers of sizes should be considering and putting in place now...

Cartel Criminalisation – Six Months On
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, October 2021

Six months on from criminalisation of cartel misconduct, MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ Organisational Integrity team look at why criminalisation remains a ‘game changer’, the inevitability of a first criminal prosecution, and why having a plan that recognises the special nature of criminalisation is an important part of your risk management strategy. Criminalisation of cartel misconduct Six months ago, cartel misconduct became a criminal offence under New Zealand law...

Can we vaccinate? Yes, we can.
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, October 2021

COVID-19 vaccinations are now on the list of topics to avoid at dinner parties (which are still virtual for those of us in Auckland). Globally, we have seen COVID-19 vaccinations create mixed emotions around civic responsibilities and bodily autonomy, and spark protests in breach of many “stay at home” orders...

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