Phil was recommended to us when we had issues with a sports body. He was very clear, personable and knowledgeable about a range of issues. Phil always presented a variety of options and the potential effect - this enabled us to have an idea of costs and exactly which actions to take. We felt he cared about us as clients and was both realistic and reassuring throughout.
We are passionate about offering a tailored and complete legal service to clients across the sports industry.
Our team of lawyers not only have specialist sports law experience but we also have multiple team members who are former sports professionals or are current elite amateurs. Our team includes former and current international medallists on the world stage and those who have competed at World Championships, Commonwealth and Olympic Games.
Who our sports lawyers help
Our team has extensive sports law experience across the board when it comes to supporting:
- Teams and their Owners
- Players and athletes
- Leagues and Competitions
- Sponsors and Commercial Partners
- Agents and Intermediaries
- Educational Institutions and Charities
As well as specialist sports law advice, we have hundreds of lawyers across numerous complementary legal services. This allows us to offer a full spectrum of assistance to sports stakeholders on a day to day basis, whatever issue they are facing.
Unique Experience and Contacts
We have sports lawyers with strong relationships with key individuals and decision makers within multiple professional sports. They also have strong links with the best specialist sports law Counsel who regularly work for and against those same decision makers.
Our personal contacts with key individuals within sports can make all the difference in resolving issues and progressing transactions.
Our teams’ backgrounds place us in an excellent position to understand the unique needs and pressures of navigating the world of top level sport. We realise that in such a fast moving environment, you need experienced advisers who can help remove stressful distractions and allow you or your organisation to focus on producing at the highest level.
We have particularly strong relationships within the world of professional football. Our team has experience acting for multiple football clubs in every professional division from the Premier League, Championship, League 1, League 2 and Vanarama National League. They have also represented the Premier League itself and worked alongside counterparts within UEFA and FIFA.
Service and Approach
We understand the power of sport – to bring people together, to enhance communities, to improve health and wellbeing – as well as its vast commercial potential. This understanding and love of sport drives our team’s passion to provide a top tier highly responsive and tailored service to our sports sector clients.
- Mixed Martial Arts
- Motor Racing
- Ice Hockey
Our sports law team has worked across the full range of sports law issues such as:
- Regulatory and Governance advice.
- Contract negotiation and related Employment and Immigration law advice.
- Day to day advice to in house sports lawyers.
- Sports Arbitrations and Litigation.
- Disciplinary, selection policy/decisions and drug testing.
- Safeguarding and child protection.
- Internal investigations in relation to complaints/allegations relating to discrimination, abuse and corruption.
- Sponsorship Agreements.
- Protection of Image Rights.
- Enhancement and protection of commercial, intellectual property and technology rights.
Examples of our team members’ specific career experience working for sports stakeholders can be found here: