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
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.
Transfer of Power: Brexit and the Football Transfer Market
Nowhere in football will the effect of Brexit more keenly be felt than in the transfer market.
The EPL's Fantasy Nightmare
Jonathan McDonald and Rahim Hirji write for LawInSport on the relationship between data protection and referee reports in English football
Is data in reports submitted by referees to the Football Association subject to the General Data Protection Regulation?
Nick White writes for City AM on the publication of the first Olympic 'playbook'
How does Tokyo plan to stage a safe Olympics this year - and why cancellation remains the last resort.
Nic Couchman quoted by Host City on private investment in sport
Sports were once seen as risky ventures that wouldn’t get past an investment committee – this has changed.
Nick White writes for Host City on the debate surrounding whether the Olympics will go ahead this summer
It is perhaps the biggest question in sport right now: will the Olympics go ahead this summer?
Olympics 2021: Countdown or Count Out?
Nick White appears on Law In Sport's webinar on the legal rights to player data
Jody MacDonald quoted in Sport Business on the firm's role advising Veloce on the creation of Quadrant
Sports Self-Regulation on Thin Ice
Dan McDonagh analyses the judgement upholding banning athletes who participate in non-sanctioned events as anti-competitive.
New rules permit up to 4,000 to watch spectator sports
£300million support package announced for English sports – but some miss out
Charles Russell Speechlys acts for Veloce Esports on its collaboration with Lando Norris in establishing the Quadrant Esports Team.
Veloce Esports has become one of the leading esports organisations in the UK.