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Charles Russell Speechlys has been at the forefront of providing legal advice to the sports sector for over 100 years and has acted in many of the leading cases that have helped to shape what is now known as ‘sports law’.

We are go-to advisers for governing bodies, major clubs, elite athletes, brands and agencies. Our experience spans the full spectrum of sports, including football, rugby, horse racing, Formula 1, cricket, athletics, cycling and many more.

Our team consists of specialists who work exclusively within sport and are recognised by clients and independent commentators as market leaders. We are experts in the following areas:

  • governance and regulation
  • disciplinary
  • financial regulation
  • sponsorship and other commercial contracts
  • acquisitions and financing
  • player transfers, contracts and image rights
  • reputation management
  • sports litigation, and
  • sports: private.

Examples of our experience include:

  • being the Football Association’s adviser on regulatory, disciplinary, media and litigation matters
  • being the legal adviser to Nike in the UK, advising on a variety of matters ranging from sponsorship, merchandising, marketing, advertising and retail, and
  • advising the British Horseracing Authority (previously the Jockey Club) for many years, successfully acting for them in numerous landmark cases (including Bradley, Fallon and McKeown).