Sports Law Academy

A unique opportunity to gain a practical insight into the side of sport that you don’t see on the pitch.

At Mishcon, we believe in nurturing and developing talent from the earliest possible stage. That is why we have decided to offer students a unique opportunity to gain a practical insight into the side of sport that you don’t see on the pitch through the Mishcon Sports Law Academy.

Sports Law issues are continually attracting headlines

  • "Barcelona to sue Neymar over PSG transfer for 'breach of contract'"
  • "Usain Bolt: Sprinter loses one Olympic gold over teammate's failed dope test"
  • "Carl Frampton: Belfast boxer still contracted to McGuigan despite split"
  • "eSports comes to BBC Three with Gfinity broadcast deal"
  • "Aljaz Bedene: Great Britain's number two fails in Davis Cup appeal"
  • "Chinese whispers scarce after rules put brakes on CSL’s megastar transfers"
  • "Arsenal blow as Takuma Asano is denied a work permit"

It is issues like these that our lawyers deal with on a daily basis. At Mishcon we work with players, clubs, agents and governing bodies across a whole host of sports and would like to share some of this knowledge with a group of budding young lawyers who have a passion for sports law.

Over the course of this academic year we will be running eight evening seminars (Mondays from 18:15-19:45) at our London offices. Each 90 minute session will focus on a particular topic of sports law and will be coordinated by Mishcon lawyers who specialise in that area of law. They will provide a presentation and introduction to the topic before distributing a case study and asking for your input, to allow you to gain practical experience in dealing with a variety of sports law issues.

The Sports Law Academy certificate

Attendance at the Sports Law Academy will be taken into account for Mishcon’s vacation scheme applications. Students who have a good attendance record and contributions to the seminars will be rewarded with a Sports Law Academy certificate.

In addition, we will be offering a week of work experience in the Mishcon Sports Law team to the winner of the Sports Law Academy article competition. Students will have the opportunity to submit a briefing note on a legal issue in sport at any point during the course of the program.

Timetable (subject to change)

Seminar Date
Welcome Drinks – The Sports Law Landscape 05 November 2018
Doping & Match Fixing 26 November 2018
Immigration & Chinese Football 10 December 2018
Employment in Sport 21 January 2019
eSports, Betting & Gaming 11 February 2019
Corporate Transactions & Insolvency 25 February 2019
Brands & Commercial Opportunities 11 March 2019
Life of an In-House Sports Lawyer  – End of course drinks 25 March 2019

Apply to the Sports Law Academy

Applications for the 2018/19 Sports Law Academy are now closed.


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