Billions of pounds are spent and made globally each year as the business of sport grows ever-more sophisticated. The interaction between athletes, agents, fans, clubs, venues and governing bodies – as well as the brands that engage with them – is intricate and ever-changing.
These relationships and the complex framework of rights and regulations which surround them are what the business of sport is built upon, requiring specialist knowledge, a strategic approach and real commercial nous on the part of legal advisers.
As one of the UK’s leading sports practices, we are not just seasoned legal experts, we have a deep and rich knowledge of the sector. Many of our team are ex-professional athletes or have worked in-house at clubs, sponsors and major events.
Our team is known for its expertise across all commercial aspects of sport including: sponsorship, merchandise licensing, ticketing and hospitality, data management and exploitation, gambling, gaming, supplier agreements and rights protection.
On top of this, our in depth understanding of the complex layering of commercial rights in sport sets us apart. We advise rights holders at all levels, and work closely with brands and their marketing agencies when investing in sports partnerships and creating sports content.
In a disrupted media environment we excel in helping sports stakeholders to deliver their content across a spectrum of traditional and digital platforms.
Our top-ranked advertising and marketing practice puts us in prime position to advise on regulatory issues as they impact sports marketing. Advising sports sponsors in heavily regulated industries such as alcohol and betting is a particular strength. We also advise on social media rules and ambush marketing on a daily basis.
On the talent side we have decades of experience negotiating deals for and with some of sports biggest stars; be it agency representation agreements, advertising campaigns or endorsements.
From negotiating global sponsorship deals, advising on player, manager and backroom staff employment issues, and implementing complex football financing deals, to advising on player transfers, sports immigration, brand protection and a wide range of commercial contracts and disputes, we bring to bear the added dimension of practical experience and in-depth insight.
That’s exactly why we act for some of the world’s biggest names in sport.
You can view our latest Sport blog posts below and our full blog here.
AI in sport: use cases, issues and top tips19 March 2024
AI is a powerful tool that is profoundly impacting our society, none more so than in the world of sport. There are already a multitude of use cases for AI in sport – some of which you may be aware of and others that may not have hit your radar.
How careful attention to warranties can avoid transfer nightmares18 January 2024
This article outlines the importance of warranties in football transfer agreements.
Our inaugural Digital, Commerce & Creative Report is here!12 January 2024
We are delighted to announce that we have published our inaugural Digital, Commerce & Creative Annual Report.
The new football agent regulations – where are we now?03 January 2024
Those working in the football industry were given a Christmas treat over the festive period. Firstly, after many months of uncertainty and waiting, the FA finally confirmed on 21 December 2023 that the FA’s new Football Agent Regulations will enter into force on 1 January 2024 and will supersede The FA’s Working with Intermediaries Regulations.
Sports Q&A: Non-competes19 October 2023
Our Q&A looks at the government's proposal on non-competes and what sports businesses should be doing about this now.
International Sportspeople, family members & visitors05 October 2023
Join us on 5 October for a webinar discussion covering visa applications for international sportspeople and their dependants.