In this sector, commerce and law are intertwined with diverse regulatory frameworks and you need experienced, reliable advisors that understand this niche marketplace. Your legal team have to be ready to act on little or no notice and get it right first time, every time.
“As a long-standing adviser to SGU, Paul Pignatelli and his team at DWF have worked well with us in understanding the unique and challenging issues which affect sporting organisations in a business world. Their assistance was invaluable throughout the discussions behind our historic amalgamation with Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association. Critically their advice not only covers our legal requirements but also consistently adds value to the solution delivered for the SGU.”– Hamish Grey, Scottish Golf Union
Our Sports Group delivers expertise across a broad range of sporting disciplines. Supported by practical experience drawn from legal, regulatory, governance and sporting backgrounds, our sector specialists have represented some of the most recognised names from the sporting world including sportspeople, professional advisers, clubs, associations, regulatory bodies, and other sports organisations.
Our clients trust us to understand this unique and exciting market-place and to operate alongside them in the constantly evolving, fast paced and highly pressurised sports environment. Clients tell us that we listen, advise and act in a way they find reassuring and exceeds their expectations for a commercial legal service.
Our approach combines commercial, straightforward advice, presented by experienced people, with a passion for the sector and business of sport. We are known for delivering on commercial objectives through a combination of legal excellence and industry insight. Our genuine passion for sport puts us in a position to be confident thought leaders and innovators, in an environment where uncertainty is rife.
Where other lawyers may advise from narrow experiences of specific aspects of sport and law, we draw on the wider knowledge and resources of our large commercial law firm. This means that our clients receive advice which reflects the best practice in all commercial sectors, as well as the best practice from within the sports sector itself.
What sets us apart from other Top 20 firms, however, is our dedication. We make it our business to know your business and to become an integral part of your team. We understand the pressures and emotions involved. As a result, our clients trust us to rise to any challenge and to present market-leading legal solutions, first time, every time.
Being Creative and Innovative is the heart of what we do.
We run and attend conferences and events all the time so why not try and shake things up a little? We no longer want to just stand on stage and talk about all the things we can or should do. We want to show you, teach you and immerse you in the how... not just the why?
Funny, but great question. Whether or not #esports fit into your definition of ‘sport’, they sure are entertaining… https://t.co/pmrdoKmLmO
Congratulations to the 21 host venues of the @RLWC2021, including Old Trafford, which will host the men’s & women’s… https://t.co/xlYgmiRlDk
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2019 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods, entered into force on 1 January… https://t.co/kM7eP3u8Bo
RT @MatJessep: #SportsLaw never sleeps, or takes holidays - key changes to the CAS https://t.co/I1oHNNR2ho
How will high profile individuals be affected by Australia's proposed changes to licensed image rights? DWF's… https://t.co/UFIE2aGHtf
New rules will have a significant impact on "high profile individuals" who derive income from their fame or image in Australia.
On Thursday 23 August, the UK Government published 25 technical guidance notes on what a "No Deal Brexit" on 29 March 2019 would mean in practice, covering a range of issues including imports, medicines, workplace rights, financial services and the future of EU funded programmes.