Aaron Lloyd

Partner - Litigation and Dispute Resolution

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Aaron is a partner in our Litigation and Dispute Resolution division.  He represents clients in litigation, investigations, and strategic risk management, across a range of areas. He has particular expertise in trial and appellate advocacy, white collar criminal and regulatory matters, employment law/health & safety, and in sport.

Aaron is an experienced advocate, having represented clients in the District and High Courts, Employment Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court, along with numerous tribunals. He has worked in conjunction with overseas counsel to represent clients in cross-border investigations and before offshore courts and tribunals.

Aaron has significant experience in white-collar criminal and regulatory affairs.  He has represented clients in investigations and litigation progressed by a range of regulatory agencies, including the Financial Markets Authority (FMA), New Zealand Customs, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), and the Commerce Commission.  Aaron regularly advises New Zealand corporates on organisational integrity matters, including compliance with domestic and international anti-bribery and corruption legislation.  He has acted as part of cross-border legal teams for New Zealand based clients facing prosecutions offshore by the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) and the London Metropolitan Police (Scotland Yard).

As a member of our broader Employment and Health and Safety team, Aaron assists clients with personal grievances, industrial disputes, contract negotiations and drafting, ACC and health related matters, employee misconduct, and occupational health and safety.  He has advised on several significant restructuring and redundancy projects for private and government sector clients.  He also advises on immigration, privacy, confidentiality, and data protection obligations.

An internationally recognised sports law expert, Aaron is at the forefront of litigation, and risk management, on a range of integrity related topics in sport.  Aaron’s advice covers anti-doping, medical welfare (including concussion), gambling and match-fixing, financial integrity and on-field and off-field conduct.

He is recognised by international legal directories including Chambers Asia-Pacific, Who’s Who Legal, Expert Guides, Best Lawyers, and Doyles.  Well regarded by clients for his ability to analyse and strategise complex situations, Aaron has been praised for his “excellent common sense” – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021.  Clients also appreciate his communication skills, with one saying: “He explained the scenarios clearly and in simple terms we could understand. He was easy to talk to about the legal issues and he made it seem like he had time for us” – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022.

Before joining MinterEllisonRuddWatts Aaron practised as a barrister with Paul Davison QC (now the Hon. Justice Davison).  He has also lectured at the University of Auckland.

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Professional background

Recent work

High Court Litigation

Aaron leads our firm’s representation of viagogo AG, provider of the world’s largest secondary marketplace for event tickets, in High Court litigation taken by the New Zealand Commerce Commission.

He also leads the firm’s defence of event managers Mayo & Calder in litigation arising from their role as whistle blowers in respect of Government funding to the 36th America’s Cup.

Aaron is also one of the partners responsible for the firm’s representation of Auckland Council in relation to a range of High Court litigation.  This includes claims under the Building Act 2004 for over $150 million in respect of the Gore Street Apartments.

Cross-border white-collar and regulatory litigation

Aaron has significant experience representing New Zealand based individuals, and corporates, in relation to cross-border regulatory and white collar investigations and litigation.  This includes:

  • representing the court appointed trustee of the Mt. Gox crypto-currency operation in Japan, in respect of proceeds of crime proceedings in the New Zealand High Court, relating to crypto-assets formerly held by Mt Gox;
  • acting for a director of international shipping company Stolt-Nielsen in relation to an unsuccessful prosecution by the USDOJ for alleged criminal cartel violations in the United States Federal Court;
  • working alongside a Magic Circle firm, advising a major international investment bank in relation to alleged currency rate manipulation in the UK and Asia;
  • representing a New Zealand based individual in relation to an investigation, and subsequent unsuccessful prosecution for perjury, by the London Metropolitan Police in the UK.
Anti-Bribery & Corruption (AB&C)

Aaron provides advice to our corporate clients on a range of organisational integrity matters.  Recent advice includes to one of New Zealand’s largest publicly listed entities on its compliance with AB&C laws in New Zealand, the United States, and the United Kingdom.  This advice enables the business to manage risk and enter into commercial contracts with offshore entities requiring compliance with AB&C regimes globally.

Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist Financing Advice

Along with experts in our Financial Services division, Aaron has recently provided comprehensive advice to a major trading bank in respect of a range of AML/CFT matters, including an investigation by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (the banking sectors’ AML/CFT regulator), potential implications of offshore litigation involving a related entity for AML/CFT breaches in that jurisdiction, and the bank’s position following the designation of an individual as a terrorist entity following the Christchurch Mosque attack.

Employment and health and safety advice

Aaron leads our employment and health safety team’s work for a range of clients, including international lock and accoutrement giant ASSA ABLOY. Headquartered in Sweden, ASSA ABLOY is the world’s most advanced designer and manufacturer of entrance solution systems, with significant operations throughout the Asia-Pacific region (with regional headquarters in Melbourne).  Aaron’s team assists ASSA ABLOY on a range issues pertaining to its local manufacturing and distribution business working closely with local and regional management.  Work includes COVID-19 related health and safety and employment advice, day to day employment and health and safety matters, collective bargaining, and responding to alleged grievances and/or other issues arising.

Restructuring and redundancies

Advising on a number of significant restructuring and redundancy projects for private and government sector clients including the New Zealand arm of a major international manufacturing business, a prominent government department, one of the world’s largest car manufacturers and retailers, and a major sporting body.

Sports integrity - Implementing and auditing ‘best practice’

Aaron is at the forefront of integrity risk management in sport.  He has worked with leading sports organisations and professionals in New Zealand and Australia, to develop comprehensive methodology for auditing and assessing integrity risk in the sporting environment, providing CEOs and Directors with the tools necessary to ensure effective integrity risk management in sport. Aaron’s work in this area covers a range of areas, including anti-doping, medical welfare (including concussion), gambling & match-fixing, financial integrity and on-field and off-field conduct.

Sports integrity – Disciplinary work

Aaron is one of the world’s leading sports lawyers in relation to integrity and disciplinary proceedings in sport.  Aaron sits as Judicial Officer for New Zealand Netball and New Zealand Rugby League, and represents players, teams, and officials in rugby union.  His work in rugby union includes advising and representing a number of international rugby unions and teams in domestic competitions in New Zealand and overseas.  In 2019 Aaron travelled to Japan where he acted for the 10 ‘Tier-2’ nations (including the Pacific Islands and hoist-nation Japan), and longstanding client Argentina, before the World Cup judiciary and in relation to competition matters.

Admitted

  • 2000, New Zealand
  • Australia (NSW)

Qualifications

  • LLB (Hons), University of Auckland
  • BA (Political Studies and Philosophy), University of Auckland

Affiliations

  • 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 Approved Counsel

Specialisations

  • Competition and Regulation
  • Coronial Inquests
  • Employment
  • Health and Safety
  • Immigration
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Organisational Integrity
  • Privacy and Data Protection
  • Public Law and Regulatory
  • Sports
  • White-Collar Crime

Awards

  • Ranked Band 1 for Sports Law, Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2017-2022
  • Named Best Lawyers 'Lawyer of the Year 2023' for Labour and Employment Law and Sports Law
  • Partner in MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ internationally recognised Tier 1 Litigation and Dispute Resolution team, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
  • Author of the New Zealand chapter of Sports Law Review since inception (currently in its 6th Edition (published November 2020))
  • Author of chapters on restraints of trade, retention and redundancies, independent contractors and employee entitlements in Buying & Selling a Business in New Zealand, LexisNexis, 2018 – present