I am an astute and pragmatic commercial and corporate lawyer with in-house experience across range of industries including banking, IT and telecommunications, logistics and high performance sport. I've also held leadership roles outside of the law, including leading a global team and international high performance (sporting) programme.
I place emphasis on understanding the context and industry of those I'm supporting. I enjoy developing new relationships and understanding team dynamics. I pride myself on providing timely professional advice that is tailored to the circumstances and solutions-focused.
Silver Fern Farms Limited, NZ Post, High Performance Sport NZ, Fisher & Paykel
Equestrian Sports New Zealand | High Performance Director
Alcatel-Lucent | Legal and Contract Management
Gen-I | Senior Commercial Advisor
Lloyds Bank plc | Legal Advisor
MinterEllisonRuddWatts | Solicitor
Areas of expertise
- IT, Telecommunications, Technology & Operations
- Contract and commercial law
- Leadership and management
- Strategy and planning
- High performance sport
Eventing Wairarapa (Inc) committee member since 2018: Current Chair, former Vice President and Secretary.
Former Event Riders Association (NZ): Founding Member
What Sarah Dalziell-Clout's clients say
Sarah was an exceptional fit for our team. She joined us to backfill the role of a member of the team who was working fulltime on a strategic project. We frequently had to remind ourselves that, sadly, Sarah wasn't a permanent member of the team. When her contract ended (after many extensions), I had colleagues across the business come to me aghast that I hadn't managed to keep her with us forever! Sarah brought a pragmatic, solutions-based approach to her work. Her experience advising on large, complex IT contracts was invaluable. Sarah's work was always of exceptional quality, delivered in a timely and easy-going manner. She is extremely astute and can spot those issues that need a broader conversation, and those which require a more low-key, risk-based response. She was "one of us" through the vicissitudes of Covid lockdowns and beyond.
Head of Legal, NZ Post
Sarah joined our team remotely and I really appreciate the work that she put in to support us at a very busy time. She worked well independently, in what was difficult circumstances to operate in. She was able to ease the pressure which was brilliant.
Manager Legal Services, Fisher & Paykel
We brought Sarah on board to help manage work loads at a busy time for the organisation. She quickly gained a reputation internally for her practical approach, her efficiency and the quality of her work. Her previous experience – both from a legal perspective, as well as her time spent as a high performance director for Equestrian New Zealand – have made her a huge asset from day one, ensuring that her advice is well tailored to our sector. She’s a great sounding board and a lovely person to have on the team, which is why we’ve been thrilled to be able to extend her contract more than once. Working remotely has proved no barrier to providing the support we need.
General Counsel, High Performance Sport NZ