Sports & Events


Whether you're an athlete, sports organisation, event, charity, or sponsor, as a firm at the forefront of sports law in New Zealand, we tip the playing field in your favour!

Your questions need consideration by those in the know, and because we are passionately immersed in the sports and events world, we have an invaluable understanding of the sector.

As well as being involved in the governance of sports organisations, members of our team have advised high-profile athletes, clubs, and events on all their legal requirements. We are well placed to immediately recognise what's important to you and to ensure that we deliver you value for money every time.

Gibson Sheat Lawyers can help with:
  • Commercial arrangements
  • Governance and constitutions, including the Incorporated Societies Act 2022
  • Integrity matters
  • Health and safety
  • Disciplinary issues
  • Employment
  • Media and betting rights
  • Player agreements
  • Intellectual property and brand protection
  • Major events, including under the Major Events Management Act
  • Litigation and dispute resolution

We are advisers to Sport New Zealand – Ihi Aotearoa, Wellington Rugby, The Wellington Phoenix, Nuku Ora (formerly Sport Wellington), Equestrian Sports New Zealand, Basketball NZ, Softball NZ, Motorcycling NZ, NZ American Football, as well as many other national and regional associations and leading athletes.

Change is coming. The new Incorporated Societies Act 2022 will affect all societies.   We can assist with understand the requirements and complying with these so ensure you do not lose your incorporation status.

Often run by volunteers, we understand that societies are a well-deserving and niche part of our community that needs expertise at realistic prices.

If your society needs help in any of these areas, our experts can help:
  • Governance and constitution,
  • Law changes,
  • Compliance and contracts,
  • Volunteers, employment and people,
  • Leases.

Contact our team (you can find them at the bottom of this page) to arrange your initial consult so we can understand your concerns and how you're placed to address them. 


Get real-world advice from people who have sat on the same side of the table as you.

Our team has practical experience dealing with governance issues in their roles as Chairs, Directors or Chief Executives. Because we've been on the same side of the table as our clients and grappled with similar issues to those you deal with every day, we're able to offer sound advice that we know has worked for others.

Media & Entertainment

In the world of Media and Entertainment, the pace is fast and the stakes are high.

When the heat is on and the spotlight is bright, your advice needs to consider this and be practical and confident to match the situation.

We have experience in a range of entertainment law matters, particularly in the film and television sector in:


  • Chain of title agreements,
  • Finance Agreements,
  • Production contracts,
  • Errors and Omissions (E&O) Insurance,
  • Domestic and international distribution and broadcast licences,
  • International sales agency agreements,
  • Defamation.

If you have a sports or events issue or query, please contact one of our team today via their profiles indicated below.