Sports law is an amalgamation of laws that apply to athletes and the sports that they play. More often than not, Sports law is conceived to be the “glamourous” area of law and it is still growing and developing because it isn’t a bespoke, single ‘task’. As a Sports lawyer, the role covers a variety of matters – everything from contract, tort, Intellectual Property Rights, Representation (for agency and employment matters) personal injury, employment , tax issues and defamation.
Sports lawyers don’t only represent players. They often also represent Clubs, Sports Agents, Regulatory associations and even the athletes’ sponsors. One day, a Sports Lawyer can be facilitating deals between sporting governing bodies and broadcasters (whether traditional media broadcasters or online platforms) whereas the next, they could be representing an athlete (or a Club) at the Court for Arbitration and Sport (CAS).
Sport is a big business. Depending upon who you speak to, some people consider sport more important than life and so, as a Sports lawyer it is important to be commercially savvy, enthusiastic, intellectually astute and outgoing. We at Southall Hathaway & Co. believe that we are all of those things. Our relationship and sponsorship with the Leicester Falcons and formerly, the Youth Sport Trust helps us understand sport and the nuances that goes along with being a Sports lawyer.
Our specialist team understands the business element of sport (regarding commercial exploitation, brand protection and contracts) and our team of litigators and advocates can help protect the business that you have worked so hard to create. Furthermore, to assist us with understanding the nuances of football contracts and agency, the Firm's Managing Partner Stuart Southall is an approved FA Intermediary (approved under number IMS004174) as is the firm itself (IMSC00139). This means that we are able to represent either Clubs or Players (whatever the level) and have those transfers recognised by the FA.