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Governance and constitutional issues are a perennial challenge for larger sports bodies, while restructuring and maximising tax efficiency are matters for all sports bodies from time to time.

We act for a wide range of sports bodies, from international federations and some of the best known national governing and regulatory bodies to small charitable trusts, community interest companies and community amateur sports clubs operating at the grassroots level. We provide governance, restructuring, corporate, charity law, grants and other advice.

The legal needs of sports bodies are diverse and we work with our colleagues throughout the firm to provide a full range of services, particularly with our award winning regulatory sports team, commercial sports team and reputation management team.


  • We wrote the rules and regulations for the Football Association, The British Horseracing Association, the Hurlingham Polo Association, the Rugby Football Union and others, and have created and developed regulatory authorities to be able to deliver effective sanctions
  • Drafted constitutional changes to implement the Burns Review for the Football Association
  • Advised two longstanding clients on contracts to host two of the Olympic venues in 2012
  • Many sports governing bodies have extensive involvement in supporting charities and we have helped structure those connections in a way which will encourage mutual benefit
  • Assisted in the formation of many well-known sporting charities including the Youth Sport Trust which organises schools games and other initiatives across the UK
  • Established CASCs and charities involved in sport
  • Advised a number of the largest Armed Forces sports associations on incorporation and restructurings
  • Been a key player in the development of charity law around the promotion of sport, including achieving for our clients the registration of innovative charities involved in elite sport