Charles Russell Speechlys launches Integrity Services Unit
The Integrity Services Unit, headed up by Darren Bailey and Danielle Sharkey, both of whom have had significant in-house experience with integrity issues in the world of sport, is the first of its kind for a law firm.
“Maintaining integrity in sport is critical now,” says Darren Bailey. “It’s why we watch, why we play, why we believe…” “As a firm we have to do more than just provide legal services, we have to think wider. We have to be more than law.”
We like to think of integrity as a living and breathing lifecycle. There is work that can be done as a preventative measure to avoid challenges damaging a business, but equally sometimes those are unavoidable.
If they are unavoidable, it is essential to have the right advice and support to move your business through to the next stage of the lifecycle; limiting damage as much as possible along the way. The first response in these situations is crucial and it has to be right. We can then help to shift the focus back to protection and prevention from further risk.
The Unit was kicked off with an interactive event this week, featuring guests from a variety of different sporting disciplines, all discussing with our team the current state of integrity within sport, and where it is going in the future.
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.