Matt Rhodes

LLB, BA, Associate

Matt is an associate in the Firm’s Dispute Resolution team, supporting Shane Campbell.  Matt joined the Firm in 2021, having spent three years in the litigation team elsewhere.
Matt’s practice covers all aspects of civil litigation, with a particular focus on commercial litigation, insolvency and contentious trusts and estate disputes. He has appeared in both the High Court and District Court.
Matt also specialises in Sports Law, and is a member of the Sports Tribunal’s Legal Assistance Panel. He has acted for athletes before the Sports Tribunal in anti-doping and selection disputes.  His position as a panel lawyer for the Sports Tribunal enables anti-doping clients to access funding from the Drug Free Sport NZ Legal Support Fund.  He has also advised several regional and local sporting organisations.  Outside of work, Matt sits as a member of the Mainland Football Disciplinary Committee and a Board Member of FC Twenty 11 Football Club.
"I strive to turn complex and difficult situations into pragmatic and effective outcomes. "

Recent Projects

  • Appearing as junior counsel resisting the application by a liquidator of a large construction company to be appointed as receiver of a retention trust fund on the grounds of conflict.

  • Defending a prospective Olympic athlete subject to anti-doping charges in the Sports Tribunal, involving novel issues of law.

  • Appearing as junior counsel in an 8-day High Court trial successfully defending a dispute between shareholders following the sale of shares in a business.

  • Appearing as junior counsel in a 6-week High Court trial in relation to an insurance claim arising out of damage to multi-unit apartments in the Canterbury Earthquake Sequence.

  • Appearing as sole counsel on behalf of a charitable trust successfully obtaining the High Court’s approval of a scheme relating to an historic charitable trust deed.

  • Assisting a number of franchisors in enforcing their rights under their franchise agreements.

Recent Articles


Incorporated Societies Bill – update following select committee stage

The Incorporated Societies Bill has progressed further through Parliament after completing the select committee process. The Incorporated Societies Bill will replace the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 which is over one-hundred years old. This Bill will provide a much-needed update to New Zealand’s incorporated societies laws and bring some significant changes for how incorporated societies are run in New Zealand.

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The Incorporated Societies Bill – What you Need to Know

The Government has recently introduced the Incorporated Societies Bill into Parliament. The Bill has been long-awaited, having been out for public consultation since 2015. It updates the Incorporated Societies Act which was first enacted in 1908.

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