Sports Law

Modern day sport is no longer an amateur pursuit but a very serious business generating billions of pounds annually. Consequently the law has had to adapt quickly to accommodate the rise of sport on the global stage. Sports Law is now a well-recognised independent legal practice area catering for the legal needs of the stakeholders including,

  • Those who participate in sport, such as players, athletes, teams, clubs trade unions,
  • Those investing in sport, such as multinational companies and private investors,
  • Those who police sport, such as governing bodies,
  • Those who bring sport to the fans and spectators such as broadcasters; and
  • Those who watch sport, such as fans and spectators.

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Sports Law Specialism

Members of Mercantile Barristers are part of a handful of the foremost Sports Law specialists. We have a wealth of experience across all areas of sports law with a particular specialisation in professional football.

Whether it is advising a multinational company investing in a sports franchise, negotiating remuneration for a Premier League player or representing an athlete or sports organisation in disciplinary proceedings, Mercantile Barristers have unparalleled experience and a proven track record in providing our clients with top quality advice in Sports Law.

Mercantile Barristers instructions in the field of Sport have included cases relating to elite players, clubs, regulatory institutions as well as corporations that leverage the mass appeal of sport to advance their brands, products and services both in the UK and internationally.

English FA-Registered Intermediary

Our head of chambers at Mercantile Barristers, Samuel Okoronkwo has been a sports law specialist for over 10 years. He is also an English Football Association Registered Intermediary and is therefore entitled to conduct transfer negotiations on behalf of professional footballers and football clubs. He is one of the foremost barristers known to be regularly instructed to negotiate and renegotiate elite player transfers from one club to another and to advise on and settle the drafting of employment, sponsorship, endorsement, appearance, broadcasting and other commercial contracts.

Samuel Okoronkwo is generally sought after to provide strategic advice to elite players, clubs and corporations in the efficient structuring of their employment and commercial relationships.

Sports Disputes

Members at Mercantile Barristers advocate in the full range of domestic and international specialist sports tribunals including the Court of Arbitration for Sport, FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber and Player Status Committee, the FA Arbitration and Disciplinary Panels, The Premier League Arbitration Panels and the Football League Disciplinary Commissions.

Mercantile Barristers are regularly instructed in a broad range of disputes between Sports Agents and Players and between Clubs and Agents and disputes between one club and another as well as disputes involving corporations and those involving regulatory authorities.

Mercantile Barristers Sports Law practice areas covers:

  • Player Contracts & Transfers
  • Personal Injury to Players
  • Management & Coaching Contracts
  • Employment Contracts & Renegotiations
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Image Rights
  • Regulation of Sport
  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Professional Negligence Proceedings
  • Commercial Investments in Sport
  • Third Party Ownership
  • Agency & Agency Disputes
  • Takeovers & Buyouts
  • Sponsorships & Endorsements
  • Broadcasting Rights

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