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:

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.

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.

Value Adding Approach

Our approach to legal practice is always to articulate creative and value-adding solutions for clients whilst delivering timely, efficient and affordable professional services. All clients conduct their affairs within a legal context and Mercantile Barristers’ role is to advise on the conduct of their transactions and affairs in ways that avoid conflict and disputes.


However, should a dispute become inevitable, then our prior engagement would have assured that all the necessary precautions have been taken and mitigating steps adopted. Thus, clients will begin any dispute resolution in a strong position to achieve their desired objectives.


Whether by adjudication, arbitration, litigation, members at Mercantile Barristers will adopt a firm, swift and decisive approach to achieve the best possible results for clients within the shortest possible time. We recognise that no two cases are the same, so we will adapt our style to suit the occasion.


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