Sports lawyers


With a distinct body of case law and statutes, sports law is growing and becoming a complex and interesting field of law. With more and more people showing interest in training to become sports lawyers, sport law requires practice by specialist lawyers commanding a wide range of qualities and knowledge.

You may find you need the help of a professional sports lawyer in matters regarding contracts on a small level or even maybe on an international level.

What does a sports lawyer do?

A sports lawyer’s work deals with an extensive range of issues, including dealing with:

  • Sportsmen
  • Managers
  • Governing bodies
  • Promoters

Apart from this, a sport lawyer will also have to deal with contracts on a local level between two people and go up to international contracts dealing with multinational companies.

Who do they deal with?

Sports law firms advise a wide range of clients, ranging from large organisations such as football clubs and event organisers to individuals such as football players and agents.

The wide scope of sports law means that law firms must be experienced in many areas of law, including competition law, sponsorship issues, media rights, dispute resolution, contractual law and employment law to name but a few.

The international nature of sports means that sports law firms must also operate on an international level. Law firms must be multi-jurisdictional, and be aware of the many different regulations in place worldwide, as well as be familiar with the different governing bodies of each different sport and country. 

For this reason it is important to ensure that any case relating to sports is dealt with by a legal expert who is fully aware of the technical nature of both business and regulations within the sports industry.

Choosing the right solicitor

Sports lawyers should be comfortable with legal issues and should have substantial knowledge about the relationship between sports and the law. They should possess the ability to present a coherent argument and likewise respond appropriately to conflicting points of view. Conducting independent research and evaluating the effectiveness of legal rules regarding sports should be one of the main skills too.

Recent cases in which a sports lawyer has been involved include the legal action taken by a Formula One team against a former driver for alleged blackmail and a case in which a Premier League footballer was awarded more than £4.5 million in compensation for a tackle that caused him a career-ending injury.

However, a sports lawyer may also be used on a much smaller scale. Although in the past a sports lawyer may have been regarded as someone who only has high-profile clients, the fact that sport has become such a commercial topic means that a sports lawyer may provide advice on almost all areas of law, including (but by no means limited to):

  • Imaging rights
  • Copyright
  • Media rights
  • Endorsement agreements
  • Contractual law
  • Dispute resolution
  • Finance-related deals
  • Mediation

The above examples highlight how vast the role of a sports lawyer might be. It is therefore vital that if you need any advice relating to sports law that it is obtained from an expert who is up-to-date with the complicated legislation and case law which is relevant, and who has a detailed understanding of many areas of the law.

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Are you struggling to find a lawyer really specialised in sports law, for a sports law issue you need help resolving? Contact Law works with some excellent sports lawyers around the country who have been tried and tested by our previous clients and received recommendations. Please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.

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