Integrity is the lifeblood of sport.
From sports betting, to anti-doping, to safeguarding, the spotlight upon integrity and sports regulation has never been brighter, particularly as the COVID-19 pandemic changes the way sport can be played safely. It is more important than ever that all stakeholders in sport have sufficient policies and procedures in place protecting their integrity.
A sport that places integrity at the heart of its culture and values is one that can be recognised as honest and trustworthy, one that truly champions fair play and sportsmanship, and above all provides a safe environment for all those who compete, from grassroots to elite level. Integrity should be the core value across the philosophy of all sports, and our team is dedicated to supporting you achieve and maintain that aim.
Integrity has been a key focus for our sports group since the launch of our Integrity Services Unit in 2018, the first for a law firm, and we have supported a number of stakeholders, from clubs and leagues, to players and regulators, through integrity reviews and crises responses. The ISU, built upon a “Rapid Response Unit” and a “Integrity Risk Review” is headed by industry experts Darren Bailey and Danielle Sharkey, each with valuable in-house experience at major sporting organisations.
Rapid Response Unit
Our Rapid Response Unit can offer you a unique confidential hotline to connect with our team at any time, to talk through any critical issues that you might be facing. We will react instantly to direct you to the best person for the job, to ensure that your issue is dealt with confidently and immediately. The Rapid Response Unit is supported by a team of experts across a number of legal disciplines, all with crucial experience in the sector, dealing with any, and all, issues that might come up and have been essential components to the success of a number of our sports clients over many years.
Integrity Risk Review
When it comes to integrity, it is far better to take a proactive approach to avoiding a crisis. We have the breadth of knowledge and expertise to analyse different areas of a business or operation to ascertain where the key areas of threat and risk are present. Once identified, we are able to support and advise you to ensure that those risks are reduced, or eradicated to avoid adverse exposure. We can conduct a full service review of all areas of your business, or focus on targeted areas.
If you have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, or would like to talk to our team about any other issues you are facing, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Meet the team
ESG in Sport – net zero targets and “coolerplate” clauses
Property Patter: Dealing with Sporting Rights over Land
Sporting rights can cause issues particularly if they are granted over land which may be developed in the future.
Emma Raducanu - "Serving to Unite the Nation" - The Future Protection of Sporting Events of National Interest
"The WinnerS Take It All"
In a sports setting, it is most unusual to see so many winners arising out of a decision by a rights holder to share rights.
Keep Your Enemies Close – Multi-Club Ownership in UEFA Competition
Nick White writes for City AM on how City Football Group's multiple ownership model might give Man City an edge in the transfer market post-Brexit
Could a multiple ownership model give clubs an edge in the transfer market post-Brexit?
Nick White writes for Intellectual Property Magazine on the ever-expanding role of licensed content within the video gaming industry
Darren Bailey quoted by City AM on why a salary cap is unlikely to succeed where Financial Fair Play failed in making European football more competitive
The solution to football’s problems may require more fundamental change.
Richard Davies quoted by eprivateclient on tattoos and their licensing for high profile private clients
Private clients and advisers have many things to think about but one thing that’s unlikely to make the list is tattoos.
TOKYO 2020 AND BEYOND - IT'S GOOD TO TALK, BUT IT IS TIME FOR POSITIVE ACTION ON MENTAL HEALTH
Darren Bailey quoted in The Times on the risk of litigation for international sporting bodies over the inclusion of transgender athletes
Laurel Hubbard's inclusion in the female competition at the Olympic Games in Tokyo may provoke legal challenges.
"Game changing" for the beautiful game
Nic Couchman writes for Sport Business on the evolution of sport as an investment asset class
Nic examines the ways sports rights-holders work with private equity houses and the key features of successful partnerships.
Nick White quoted by the Financial Times on the Japanese government’s determination to press ahead with the Tokyo Olympics
While the organisers have no contractual rights to cancel, the IOC would have little recourse if Japan closed its borders.
Darren Bailey quoted by Citywire on the unseen battle between the American and European models of sport
Fans and regulators are paying more attention to how clubs and competitions are financed at a time when sports need capital.
Pfizer, Ted Danson and the Olympic Vaccine Solution
Darren Bailey quoted extensively on the legalities of the European Super League proposals
Darren considers the legal questions that exist around the introduction of a European Super League.
Darren Bailey quoted by the Financial Times on the regulation of the sports betting industry
As the UK moves to a more regulated model, the US is throwing open the doors on the regulation of the sports betting industry.
COVID-19 Certification: Why do the Sport and Retail sectors disagree?
Darren Bailey quoted by SportsPro on the UK government’s ongoing review of gambling sponsorship
A new code of conduct for betting firms rather than an outright ban on sports sponsorship is the likely way forward.