True Legal Ltd is a specialist law firm dedicated to providing expert advice on New Zealand’s gambling law and policy.

Director, Jarrod True, provides advice nationally to over three quarters of New Zealand’s gaming machine trusts. In 2021, these trusts made 19,148 grants, totalling $269 million, to 10,697 recipients.

Jarrod also provides regular advice regarding New Zealand’s online gambling laws, including advice to the developers of gambling-related apps.

Jarrod is able to advise on all matters regarding New Zealand’s gambling law compliance and is happy to assist with all dealings with the Department of Internal Affairs (the New Zealand gambling regulator) and local councils.

Jarrod is the author of the New Zealand Gambling Law Guide –

Jarrod True
New Zealand gambling law specialist

Jarrod regularly advises clients on gambling compliance issues. He has argued many successful Gambling Commission appeals and is familiar with all the Commission’s prior decisions and High Court and Court of Appeal decisions on gambling-related matters.

Jarrod has weekly dealings with the Department of Internal Affairs’ senior gambling compliance management team. This working relationship helps client matters to be resolved promptly and economically.

Jarrod provides advice regarding the operation of gaming machines, gambling apps, online gambling, racing, lotteries, raffles, poker, and sales promotion schemes.

Jarrod graduated with first class honours in 1995.

True Legal provides the following services nationally:

  • Gambling law regulatory compliance advice.
  • Assisting clients with submissions on matters regarding gambling law and policy.
  • Assistance in dealings with the Department of Internal Affairs.
  • Gambling Commission appeals.
  • Assistance with resolving gaming shop/primary activity concerns.
  • Facilitating the relocation of gaming venues.
  • Applications for territorial authority consent.
  • Applications for Ministerial consent to operate 30 gaming machines (club mergers).
  • Gaming licence applications and renewals.
  • Gambling Act compliance audits.
  • Gambling Act compliance training for society and venue staff (including harm minimisation training).
  • Assistance with obtaining approval for gambling equipment under the minimum standards requirements.
  • Advice regarding the structure and composition of sales promotion schemes.
  • Charitable trust and non-profit company formation and structure advice.
  • Advice to offshore developers and operators of online gambling products, including gambling apps.


The New Zealand Gambling Law Guide

The New Zealand Gambling Law Guide is a comprehensive guide to the law and policy surrounding class 4 gambling. The guide is a practical aid and essential tool for all societies and clubs that hold a class 4 operator's licence.

Class 4 Venue Compliance Manual

The Class 4 Venue Compliance Manual assists venue staff with their compliance obligations. The manual includes chapters on the 2016 class 4 game rules, section 113, section 118, licence conditions, the banking requirements, venue relocations and the harm minimisation requirements.

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Jarrod was lead counsel in the following precedent setting cases: