Sport encompasses all walks of life, whether this be professional or amateur sport, leisure and entertainment, commercialisation, or sports regulation and governance. Whatever your interest in the sport sector may be, our unmatched experience of advising those involved in the sport sector means you can rely upon our unique blend of corporate, commercial, insurance and regulatory advice to help you minimise risk and maximise opportunities, wherever in the world you operate.

In particular, we help:

Owners of professional sports clubs - Our experience of advising the owners of professional football clubs ranges from advising shareholders on the acquisition and disposal of English Premier League and Football League clubs to providing regulatory and professional conduct advice to directors and shareholders on English Premier League and English Football League Regulations, cycling and other sporting regulations.

Owners of amateur sports clubs - In an increasingly pressured and risk sensitive environment, our experience of advising the owners of amateur sports clubs includes constitutional, restructuring, and governance advice on the appropriate unincorporated or incorporated legal structure for a business. Running in parallel to this we assist with CASC and charitable status and funding advisory support.

Sports-related businesses - As the commercialisation of sport grows and grows, our expertise encompasses advising sportspersons and directors of sports businesses on consultancy agreements, agency agreements, service agreements, contractual joint ventures and product and app development. We also work with clients by providing specialist intellectual property and brand advice, as well offering data rights protection to protect and maximise value.

Sports governing bodies - The governance of sports activity is evolving fast. The creation of governance structures and rules requires a deep understanding of how regulation works, both in theory and in practice. We have experience of working with governing bodies in different industries and professions, helping to establish or refine their regulatory frameworks and develop guidance for those they regulate. This experience also helps us to provide support to those who are regulated so they can better interpret the rules and codes of conduct they are subject to.

For further information, please contact Phil Bowers, David Malone or Josh Bates.