The 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

  • "Eddie Hearn reveals boxing's first ever $1bn deal as Matchroom and streaming giant DAZN take on America"
  • "16 year old wins ESTARS Fortnite tournament at Stamford Bridge"
  • "Nicolás Kicker Becomes Highest-Ranked Player Convicted of Match-Fixing"
  • "Rwanda's £30m Arsenal sponsorship divides opinion"/ "Arsenal sleeve deal gives Rwanda 5% UK tourism boost"
  • "Birmingham City deducted nine points by EFL for financial breaches"
  • "Racing Point F1 begins 'New Era' with SportPesa as lead sponsor"

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.

The Sports Law Academy and certificate

Applications for the 2019/2020 Sports Law Academy are now closed.

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

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)

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.


Seminar Date
Welcome Drinks – The Sports Law Landscape 11 November 2019
Football Deals: Image Rights, Sponsorship and Tax 25 November 2019
Employment and Immigration in Sport 9 December 2019
Doping & Match Fixing 20 January 2020
eSports, Betting & Gaming 10 February 2020
Corporate Transactions & Insolvency 24 February 2020
Brands & Commercial Opportunities 9 March 2020
Life of an In-House Sports Lawyer  – End of course drinks 23 March 2020
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Apply to the Sports Law Academy

Applications for 2019/2020 Sports Law Academy are now closed.


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