Using a lawyer for a football-related issue

 

The law reaches into all spheres, including football. Lawyers here operate within the increasingly complex area of sports law, which due to the commercial importance of professional football within the UK, has become an attractive field.

Many firms now offer specialist services for clubs and players within the game. They may be able to offer advice and representation in the following areas:

  • Contracts and negotiation
  • Licensing
  • Advertising
  • Sponsorship agreements
  • Disciplinary cases
  • Player transfers
  • Press relationships

Football lawyers can also be of assistance in situations where foul play on the pitch has led to an allegation of assault.

The Football Association has set out rules for the role of legal professionals in football in the Football Agents Regulations.

These Regulations separate lawyers into three different categories: ‘exempt solicitor’, ‘registered lawyer’ and those providing ‘permitted legal advice’. The services they provide will vary depending on the nature of the advice and assistance required by their clients.

Many disputes in football are resolved in dispute resolution forums. Lawyers in this field must have knowledge of the dispute resolution procedures that exist specifically for football, for example the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber and the Court for Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland.

Although similar to tribunals found elsewhere, they operate according to their own rules and procedures, which can be complex.

If you have a case that requires expertise in football we can put you in touch with a local specialist lawyer free of charge. Please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above to speak to one of our advisors.

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