Maria Clarke Lawyers


New Zealand Pony Clubs Association

Like many other national sports organisations, the NZPCA has been considering a new way forward for its structure and constitution, and we have assisted it through its deliberations by giving guidance on possible legal options and the implications.


Valerie Adams

"MCL and Maria has given me great confidence with my legal things to the point that I don't have to worry about anything. Maria is a great lawyer and has great understanding of my career and it's battles. Thanks so much for your help and support."

Valerie Adams, former client


Tennis NZ

“Tennis New Zealand has been working with Maria Clarke Lawyers for several years now as our first choice legal team. We have always received a first class service in all of our dealings with Maria and her team and would certainly have no hesitation in recommending Maria Clarke Lawyers to any other sporting organisation who may be looking for the services of a quality legal team.”

Steve Johns, Chief Executive


Surf Life Saving New ZealandVisit website

“Surf Life Saving has worked with Maria Clarke for well over thirteen years and that longevity reflects how highly we regard her contribution to our organisation. Through her genuine interest in Surf Life Saving, our values and approach to risk and organisation well being Maria has been able provide us with advice and direction that is tailor made for us. I find the team at Maria Clarke Lawyers great to work with.”

Geoff Barry, Former CEO


Snow Sports New ZealandVisit website

"Maria's reputation as one of the top sports attorneys in Australasia is only surpassed by the quality of her work, her firm's attention to detail, and her knowledge of the New Zealand sports and legal landscape. Her guidance has been instrumental in ensuring we have a sound, workable structure that allows Snow Sports New Zealand to lead, grow and prosper."

Ross Palmer, Former Chief Executive


Rowing New Zealand

"MCL has the experience and expertise to deliver a comprehensive suite of services that match the business needs of our sport. The professional and enjoyable way MCL communicates with us is a key reason why we continue to be impressed with the service provided."

Simon Peterson, Chief Executive Officer


Quantum Events Ltd

"MCL have helped us create a number of usable sponsor templates that have finally allowed us put our minds at ease and speed up what was a long arduous process for us."

Scott Rice, Director


NZ Academy of Sport

"MCL has provided our legal support for the past 10 years. Maria and her team are a critical partner for our organisation in anticipating our needs, providing the best legal advice and assisting us to understand risks. We are always impressed with the high level of professionalism and the quick response we receive on our issues. MCL has advised us on our constitution, employment matters, contracting, branding and many other topics with a value added approach to our business."

Pete Pfitzinger, former Chief Executive


New Zealand Recreation Association

“NZRA has been working with MCL since mid 2008. In that time the MCL team have been excellent to deal with from day to day legal questions through to more significant legal projects. They have taken the time to understand our business and add value to our organisation at a strategic and operational level.“

Brendon Ward, Former Chief Executive


Athletics New Zealand

We advise Athletics NZ on various matters and in 2009 acted for it in the appeal by marathon runner Liza Hunter-Galvin against her non-selection to the New Zealand Team to the Beijing Olympics.


Netball North Harbour

"We have found the team at Maria Clarke Lawyers to be friendly, helpful and professional in understanding the wide array of issues affecting sport and would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone involved in the sporting sector."

Tim Hamilton, Former Chief Executive


Life Education Trust (NZ)

"I’ve worked with Maria and her team for many years and their understanding of the NFP/NSO environment, how we function, the challenges and opportunities is outstanding. It’s that simple thing of finding someone who understands your business."

John O'Connell, Chief Executive Officer


Hairdressing Industry Training Organisation (HITO)

"Maria Clarke Lawyers has provided a wealth of knowledge and support to the NZ Hairdressing ITO as we have developed a new constitution and associated rules. The team at MCL not only provided sound guidance to HITO but were also personally engaged in meeting with the industry to ensure that their needs were met. The personal approach from MCL was professional, but down to earth, and this approach was well respected by the industry. Also, once the constitution was amended, the MCL team continued to support HITO and ensure that the process was followed. HITO would certainly recommend MCL to other businesses looking for a quality legal service."

Erica Cumming, Chief Executive Officer


GymSports New Zealand

We act for GymSports NZ and have been fortunate to assist with its recent organisational transformation, resulting in a new legal structure and modus operandi. We have also assisted with the various regulations required to support the new structure and various other legal issues.



We have advised Caroline Evers-Swindell and Georgina Earl for several years with all legal aspects of their athletic careers.


Bowls New Zealand IncorporatedVisit website

"Maria Clarke Lawyers' legal advice and guidance has been invaluable in regards to sponsorship contracts, brand trade marks, employment matters and constitutional issues. The entire team is professional, knowledgeable and approachable making Maria Clarke Lawyers a pleasure to deal with."

Kerry Clark OBE, Chief Executive Bowls NZ


Bike NZVisit website

"BikeNZ legal requirements covers a broad spectrum including sport specific, commercial and constitutional issues. The team at MCL delivers us timely, efficient and straight forward solutions and support."

Greg Hamilton, Former Marketing Manager, Bike NZ