Our sports law team has a long history of supporting some of the UK’s leading governing bodies, clubs and players on the most high profile, strategic and complex matters in sport. The team comprises leading lawyers with relevant expertise drawn from across the firm, from contract, employment and regulatory experts to litigators and trademark specialists. This expertise is combined with the team’s genuine passion and keen interest in the sports sector.
The sports sector is a major growth market. Over the last 15 years, sports and sporting events have become increasingly sophisticated and more commercially valuable. This brings huge opportunities, but also challenges for our clients. Sport is now a key public policy driver and subject to heightened regulatory and legislative intervention.
We understand the unique challenges that sporting organisations face and are supporting clients with all aspects of broadcasting, sponsorship, marketing and venues, as well as advising on high-profile disputes and sports-specific regulatory issues. Through our Sport Law Forum, a regular roundtable discussion attended by leading figures in the industry, we have a deep understanding of the issues that matter to our clients and tailor our advice accordingly. We work in genuine partnership with our clients, building long-term trusted adviser relationships with them to best understand their objectives and help them achieve their goals.
Events and commercial contracts
- Broadcasting/rights management
- Events services
- Stadium/venue projects/construction
Regulation and governance
- Equality considerations for sports associations and governing bodies
- Discrimination disputes
- Immigration and the impact of Brexit on sportspersons’ migration/travel
- Player contracts and employment terms
- Policy development
- Commercialising image rights
- Market impact of sporting rules and regulations