Sport law covers many different areas. Under civil law at St Pauls Chambers, we have a number of barristers who practice law relevant to the sporting world.

What is Sports Law?

Sport and the law come together in the UK to cover a wide range of issues. Due to the scale and diversity of sport in the UK, there are various areas in which sport and the law intersect. An experienced sports barrister can support you with such legal matters.

Do Sports Laws Exist?

In the UK and many other countries, sports are governed and regulated by their national governing body. For example, football in England is governed by the Football Association (the FA). However, situations do arise which fall outside the jurisdiction of governing bodies. When this happens, sport and the law must come together.

Sports law doesn’t exist as an individual branch of law; it is an amalgamation of many areas of law applied to a range of sporting contexts and situations. As such, sports barristers must be well-versed in a range of both law practices and sports.

Why is Sports Law Significant?

Sports law is significant because it describes legal issues and disputes relating to players, spectators, sponsors, stadiums, broadcasting and a host of other factors. It ensures fairness, equality and accountability within the sporting world.

Sport and the Law

The following are a list of legal areas in which sport and the law intersect:

  • Player contracts and transfers
  • Immigration laws in regards to foreign players and staff
  • Health and safety regulations at stadiums and training facilities
  • Sponsorship contracts
  • Copyright and ‘passing off’ trademarked team branding
  • Employment law
  • Discrimination law
  • Football banning orders as introduced by the Football Spectators Act 1989
  • Abusive or disorderly behaviour at sporting events
  • Finance and insolvency of sports clubs
  • Competition law and sports broadcasting
  • Sports injury and compensation
  • Dangerous and disorderly behaviour at football matches as covered by the Football (Offences) Act 1991

Sports Law Barrister at St Pauls Chambers

Sports law covers many different areas. Under civil law at St Pauls Chambers, we have a number of sports barristers who have experience in both civil law and sports.

If you are in need of guidance, please take a look at our counsel profiles for our expert sports law barristers. Alternatively, contact us for more information.

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For further information and enquiries please contact our clerks team.

Sports Law Barristers

Simon Myerson KC

Simon Myerson KC

Call: 1986 Silk: 2003

Voldi Welch

Voldi Welch

Call: 2008

Stephen Elphick

Stephen Elphick

Call: 2014

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