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Tom Murray, Associate, Dispute Resolution

Tom Murray

Managing Associate

Personal Profile

Tom is a Managing Associate in the Sports Group and Esports Group and a member of the Commercial team.

He advises leading athletes, boxers, players, clubs, agents and governing bodies on a wide range of issues from sponsorship and image rights arrangements to disputes and regulatory matters. Recent highlights include: advising football clubs on compliance with financial fair play, conducting a regulatory audit on behalf of a sports governing body, and successfully defending a former Vice President of the IAAF in proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport against disciplinary charges, which included the first case on infringing the autonomy of sport.

In addition to his sports work, Tom has a general Commercial practice with a particular interest in Tech, having completed a secondment at a multinational enterprise information technology company. He provides advice for early-stage tech companies as part of the Firm's M:Tech programme and is an active member of the MDR Lab programme through which he delivers presentations on Legal Tech to universities.

Alongside his practice, Tom leads the Mishcon Sports Law Academy – an academic programme that gives students a unique opportunity to gain a practical insight into sports law. He also produces an online vlog entitled 'Laws of the Game' providing bitesize analysis of contemporary sports law issues, tackling topics from doping and CBD to naming rights and financial fair play.

A proficient French speaker, before joining the firm Tom spent six months at the Paris office of an international law firm and also worked as a Sponsorship Consultant for World Snooker.

Tom is a member of LawinSport and the British Association of Sport and Law. He was recognised in the Legal 500 Sport Rankings 2019 as a 'strong addition to the team at the junior associate end, bringing a particular focus on e-sports'.

Key Experience

  • Represented the President of the Confederation of African Athletes and Vice President of the International Association of Athletics Federation in proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
  • Advised a French Ligue 1 player and his agent on multiple commercial deals including: endorsement and sponsorship agreements, an image rights assignment and player transfers.
  • Drafted the governing regulations of the Society of Football Intermediaries and Agents (SOFIA) – an independent body that represents intermediaries.
  • Assisted with Eric Choupo-Moting's move from Stoke City to Paris Saint-Germain.

Career History

Managing Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Legal Secondee, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Trainee Solicitor, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Sponsorship Consultant, Matchroom Sport Limited
University of Law
London School of Economics and Political Science

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