Sports Law (Dispute Resolution)

Sports

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Our multi-disciplinary Sports Group has acted on some of the highest profile sporting matters  in recent years and has a track record of delivering success for our clients. Our dedicated team of contentious and non-contentious lawyers is supported by other experts across the firm who have significant sports experience themselves in areas such as immigration, employment, brand protection, reputation management, construction and tax. We are also international in make-up and outlook – we regularly act for clients from around the world and are fluent in a number of foreign languages. 

Our workload is varied. We advise in core areas, such as sports dispute resolution and sports arbitration, disciplinary cases, governance and compliance, regulation, sports integrity and sponsorship, as well as commercial, sports technology, privacy and data-related matters affecting sponsors, athletes, clubs and governing bodies. We also have a history of acting on a number of major inward investments into, and acquisitions of, various sporting assets. We act in a wide range of sports, including athletics, boxing, cricket, cycling, darts, football, horseracing, motorsport, rugby, sailing, snooker and tennis.

We regularly act for leading athletes, coaches, agents, owners, clubs, investors, broadcasters, sponsors and governing bodies, as well as an increasing number of sports technology clients. Whichever of these it is, we work closely with our clients and for many of them take on the role of a trusted advisor. We believe passionately in teamwork.

  • Child safeguarding and welfare
  • Commercial arrangements and sponsorship
  • Competition law
  • Corporate transactions and inward investment
  • Data Protection
  • Employment
  • esports
  • Financial Fair Play
  • Gambling
  • Governance, compliance and regulatory issues
  • Immigration
  • Insolvency
  • IP and brand protection
  • Negligence and sports injuries
  • Reputation protection
  • Sponsorship
  • Sports integrity – anti-doping and match-fixing
  • Sports litigation
  • Tax & Image Rights-related Issues
  • Third Party Ownership

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