Sports Law is a dynamic and fast growing area as sport, recreation, business and insurance become ever more intertwined.

We have extensive experience not only in this area of the law, but also in a wide variety of sports both as participants and administrators. We are therefore acutely aware of the particular problems which can befall participants, coaches, healthcare professionals and sports administrators alike when sport and the law collide.

We have a particular specialism in all aspects of athlete welfare.

Areas covered include:

  • Personal Injury – Claims (including high value brain injury / concussion claims) against opponents, referees, employer clubs, governing bodies and event organisers.
  • Professional Discipline – Acting for regulators and athletes in disciplinary hearings, in addition to advising sporting regulatory bodies about the fairness and human rights compliance of their procedures.
  • Anti-Doping – The familiarity of many members with medical issues gives them a significant advantage in cases of alleged doping.
  • Tax – Disputes arising out of player transfers, bonuses, benefits, and classification of sports.
  • Clinical Negligence – Claims against both club and independent doctors and physiotherapists.
  • Employment & Equality – Issues relating to gender, sexuality and disability as they interact with sport, in particular access to sport and unlawful conduct by coaches.
  • Environmental Law – Issues affecting water cleanliness / pollution as it impacts on sports from surfing to angling, together with the impact of development of sporting sites and nuisance.
  • Inquests & Public Inquiries – Inquests and inquiries into deaths at sporting events, plus inquiries into adverse occurrences in particular sports.
  • Public Law – Challenges to selection and funding decisions, whether on behalf of individuals or governing bodies.
  • Safeguarding/Sexual Abuse – Claims involving sports coaches, administrators and governing bodies at a range of levels.

Our members have acted in numerous high value injury claims (both clinical negligence and straight personal injury) involving professional rugby union players, professional footballers and professional rugby league players, together with those playing semi-professionally or at amateur level.

Our clients range from solicitors who act for individual sports persons to solicitors instructed by large insurers, medical defence organisations, governing bodies, regulators, sports clubs, health club companies as well as, on occasion, government lawyers.  Members of our team, Sydney Chawatama, Pritesh Rathod and Jo Moore, are also on the Sport Resolutions Pro Bono Panel.

1 Crown Office Row was appointed to the Pro Bono Legal Panel for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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