We may not be sportsmen but we love being involved in the industry. We understand the feelings sports rouses in people and we understand the legal issues affecting the sports industry. We are lawyers but we know the most important result is ultimately the one on the pitch.
Modern sporting associations have rafts of regulations that organisations, clubs, owners, players and other stakeholders need to adhere to. Clubs can be excluded from competitions and fined millions of pounds for breaches of sporting rules.
We have outstanding knowledge of the sports industry both locally, nationally and internationally. We have in-depth knowledge of specific regulations that govern sports and we can guide you through the maze of administrative hurdles and procedures.
If you find yourself facing disciplinary proceedings, we have the experience to help, from chairing disciplinary panels to conducting internal audits and reviews for sport regulatory bodies. We also bring decades of experience in disciplinary matters across other industries including medicine, policing, nursing and teaching, where the issues of fairness, transparency and objectivity apply.
We advise clubs, players, sporting associations and interested parties on a raft of national, European and international issues. As the sanctions for falling foul of sporting rules carry weighty penalties, we are able to offer pre-emptive, practical solutions in order to mitigate risk whilst maximising your commercial gain.
Furthermore, regulators like the OFT and the European Commission continue to be interested in the sports world. Competition law in this sector aims to promote active competition for broadcasting rights and choice and innovation for consumers.
Notable deals / highlights
- Advised The Rangers Football Club and its new holding company Rangers International Football Club on its placing, offer to the public and admission to trading on AIM with a market capitalisation of £45m.
- Advised Telenet, a leading provider of broadband cable services, on its successful bid to acquire the Premier League broadcasting rights in Belgium.
- Advised Football Aid and its parent company Field of Dreams on a raft of legal requirements from debt claims and technology contracts to licensing arrangements and employment terms and conditions, as well as auditing their constitution and general commercial affairs.
- Chaired the Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority at a hearing to investigate Mahmood Al Zarooni on multiple breaches to the racing code in relation to the doping of 15 horses.