Sports law for businesses - Boodle Hatfield

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Sports law for businesses

We have a deep understanding of the of businesses in the sports sector.

We understand the fast pace of the sports industry and value the nuances between athletes, agents, clubs, fans, governing bodies, venues, organising committees and the brands that engage with them. We are well versed in the legal, regulatory and commercial issues faced by organisations operating within the ever-growing sector.

Businesses involved in sport are navigating a complex legal framework of rights and regulations, which requires specialist knowledge, commercial judgment, and a strategic forward-thinking approach. The firm have a wealth of sector-based experience in contentious and non-contentious legal matters. We advise household name sports clubs and organising committees and bring a holistic approach that involves our experts across employment, immigration, corporate and commercial, construction, real estate and tax.

We have advised on a range of issues including:

  • Advising professional sports clubs with regards to stadia expansion and new training ground facilities.
  • Advising an international multi-sports event as to the design and construction of venues and overlay contracts to improve existing venues up to the required standards.
  • Advising a developer in relation to the design and construction of a landmark 3,500 capacity indoor arena in Wales, a project which utilised revolutionary digital technology.
  • Advising a Premier League football club in relation to upgrading stadia floodlighting in accordance with competition rules and regulations.
  • Advising on the financing for a Premier League football club training ground.
  • Advising on the compliance of sponsorship licenses for a EFL Championship football club.
  • Advising on the termination of employment contracts for a Premier League football club.
  • Providing legal advice to a series of international investors looking to invest in League One and Premier League football clubs.
  • Acting on behalf of an EFL Championship football club in relation to their loan and shareholder agreements.
  • Acting for an international investor on the purchase of a European golf club.


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