The team advises a vast range of entities within sport including international and local federations, national governing bodies, clubs, teams, player/athlete unions, intermediaries, individual sports men and women, sponsors and commercial partners, event organisers and event hosts, broadcasters, merchandising licensees, marketing and sports agencies, media and technology companies.
Similarly, our clients represent a diverse range of sporting disciplines and accordingly our legal expertise spans football, rugby union, rugby league, swimming, cycling, golf, cricket, athletics, canoeing and water sports, tennis and other racquet sports, basketball, martial arts, snow sports, disability sports and Gaelic sports, to name a few.
Our team is led by Maurice Watkins CBE, (named 2014 International Sports and Entertainment Lawyer of the Year at Who’s Who Legal Annual Awards New York) together with other senior members of the team including Lydia Edgar (Head of Sports Sector Group and specialist employment lawyer), Sam Mabon (a leading corporate lawyer recognised for his expertise in the sports industry) and Jason Smith (recognised as one of the country’s most experienced sports lawyers).
Over many years we have gained experience of the strategic and daily issues that our clients in the industry face. We are alive to the ever changing environment in which they are required to operate. As such, we are best placed to offer pro-active support and guidance to enable them to meet those challenges, whether they be regulatory, financial, constitutional, political, social or economic.
Our areas of legal expertise include:
- Regulatory and Governance
- Commercial Contracts
- Contract/Grant Agreements
- Employment Immigration and Pensions
- Disciplinary Matters
- Litigation and Dispute Resolution
- Reputation and Crisis Management
- Sponsorship and Partnership Arrangements
- Event Organisation
- Merchandising, Licensing and Affinity
- Broadcasting, Digital Media, Social Media and Data
- Property, Premises, Environmental, Construction and Planning
- Intellectual Property and Image Rights
- Charity and Trust Law
- Health and Safety
- Integrity in Sport
- Individual Representation
- Football Transfers and Contracts
- Event Organisation and Venues
Recognition: Our firm was named as “Best Professional Service Business Serving Football” in the 2014 Football Business Awards 2014.
Strengths: "We have found Brabners to be top of the pile in terms of client service in particular, with incredibly quick response times, and with advice having been provided extremely quickly and efficiently."
"They've got a very strong presence. They're always thereabouts when there's a big dispute."
Strengths: "They are specialists in the field, they know the regulations inside out and you get a quick response from them."
"They have always had similar cases and can relate your case to something they have already worked on, so you get a good gauge for your position in your circumstances."
"We have a relationship our business cherishes as the knowledge and respect they have within the industry provides further credibility to our business."
We encourage you to “meet the team” and to view our Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners rankings and commentaries. We also invite you to contact us at Lydia.Edgar@brabners.com or Sam.Mabon@brabners.com for further information.