Sports Law

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Thanks to a heightened awareness of the legal issues involved with sport, such as disciplinary issues and contract disputes, more people than ever before are taking a proactive approach to protecting their interests when it comes to their involvement in sport.

At Cavell Leitch our working knowledge of the broad area of sports law comes from having an interest in the sector, ongoing research, and practicing in this area of law.

Cavell Leitch has the knowledge and skills to provide comprehensive advice to athletes, clubs, federations, governing bodies, rights holders, agencies, event promotors, sponsors and other stakeholders in the sports industry across a variety of legal matters, including:

  • Commercial sponsorship and endorsement

  • License and merchandising agreements

  • Governance

  • Protection and licensing of intellectual property rights

  • Individual personal image rights

  • Talent and other representation agreements

  • Venue and event management

  • Disciplinary procedures

  • Employment related issues

  • Health and safety advice

  • Media and associated rights – see “Entertainment and Media Law.

Recent examples of work completed by our experts:

  • Providing legal advice to Pieters Productions, organiser of new European Tour event, The Belgian Knockout. Including negotiating promoter agreement and preparing and negotiating sponsorship agreements.  

  • Negotiating rights representation and acquisition agreements with sports federations, leagues and governing bodies including IOC, NBA, World Rugby, ICC and PGA Tour

  • Preparing and negotiating sponsorship and supplier agreements for ATP Tour event

  • Advising on disciplinary matters

  • Representing players in disciplinary matters

  • Preparing and negotiating contracts for personal trainers

  • Preparing and reviewing health and safety practices at a governance level