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11 October 2019

Charles Russell Speechlys advises on groundbreaking WPS surfing deal

The Charles Russell Speechlys Sports Group has assisted World Professional Surfers (WPS), the global representative association of the world’s leading professional surfers, to conclude a groundbreaking 10-year deal with World Surf League (WSL), the world governing body of professional surfing. The deal will provide continuity, security and stability to both the athletes and the WSL World Championship Tour ahead of surfing's Olympic debut next year.

Greville Mitchell, the founder of the WPS, said: “Without the excellent legal expertise and advice from Nic Couchman and his team at Charles Russell Speechlys, this agreement would not have been possible. Nic has been the Legal Counsel for the WPS for many years and this achievement is the culmination of considerable input and sports legal expertise.“

Christian Beserra, the COO of WPS, added:

“Nic and his sports team at CRS were crucial for the successful completion of the deal, and a great support for WPS and our surfers.”

The team drew on its unparalleled depth of experience in sport to advise on all aspects of the landmark agreement, from image rights and promotional services to anti-doping and governance matters.

Nic Couchman, Head of Sport at Charles Russell Speechlys, said:

“With surfing making its debut as an Olympic sport next year it was essential that WPS had specialist legal support to protect the long term interests of the athletes. It has always been a pleasure and a privilege to represent WPS and the surfers, and it will be exciting to witness the ongoing growth of both men’s and women’s pro surfing.”

The team, headed up by Nic Couchman, included Darren Bailey and Nick White.

Charles Russell Speechlys specialist sports team is ranked in the top tier for Sport in the latest Legal 500 professional directory.