The sports sector is a unique marketplace. In this highly pressurised and fast paced environment, the right decisions can positively influence a career, enhance an appearance in the public eye, or protect commercial or private interests.

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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. 

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.

What our clients say:

Hamish Grey   Scottish Golf Union
Scottish Golf Union  

“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.”

Derry Mathews   Professional boxer and WBA World Title contender
Mathews 2247746A   “Being able to speak to lawyers, who understood my sport and could relate to me with ease, was a brand new experience for me. When wanting to ensure that my interests were sufficiently protected, at one of the most important stages in my career, DWF provided me with the comfort I needed to know that they understood boxing, knew exactly what I needed and that they wouldn’t let me down.” 
Ian Hunter   Dunfermline Athletic Football Club

“The acquisitions, from two different administrators, of Dunfermline Athletic Football Club and of East End Park were unusually complex transactions. Working alongside Pars United, however, DWF’s constructive and proactive advice saw both deals through to successful conclusions.”

Iain Heaton   The Pony Club
 The Pony Club  

"DWF have worked for us on a wide range of issues, from safeguarding and disciplinary hearings to intellectual property and licensing, and on all of them they have always meet our expectations and have delivered what we required in the timeframes we gave them. They provide an excellent, personal service and also respond quickly to our needs and requests." 

How we can help

We can help you go further with a range of services and products for sports.

Some of our experts

Jon Keeble


I am a Partner in the Employment team with a particular specialism in working with organisations in the retail, education and affordable housing sectors.

Paul Pignatelli

Partner - Executive Partner Glasgow

I am the Executive Partner for Glasgow and a partner specialising primarily in corporate finance but with a strong track record also on sporting matters.


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