Sport is big business. Sport and rights within sport have never been more valuable and there has never been more interest in those competing at the highest level.

Ranked as a leading firm for sports law, Collyer Bristow has acted on behalf of numerous household names (including gold medal winning Olympians, World Cup winners, governing bodies, leading sponsors and rights holders) on all aspects of law relating to the sports industry.

How we can help you

Our team of dedicated sports lawyers is able to provide advice in relation to:

  • The exploitation of commercial rights
  • Media and broadcasting agreements
  • Sponsorship agreements
  • Player agreements
  • Representation and management agreements
  • Image rights structures
  • Brand management
  • Events and event management
  • Equine (especially horse racing) agreements
  • The representation of sportspeople in regulatory and disciplinary hearings
  • Reputation management
  • Dispute resolution

In addition, members of the team can advise leading sportspeople on all of their individual needs from tax and estate planning to high value residential property purchases.

Please see our Motorsports page for more information on our work in the area.

Recent examples of our sports work include:

  • Acting for former Brazilian World Cup winning footballer and manager Carlos Dunga in a loan claim against QPR
  • Successfully acting for New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns in the UK's first Twitter libel trial
  • Acting for Italian footballer Marco Materazzi in three libel cases against English Newspapers The Daily Star, The Sun, and Daily Mail

What our clients say

"Collyer Bristow LLP’s practice handles contentious and non-contentious work for a wide range of clients, including sportspeople and media groups. Charles Braithwaite, who jointly heads the team with dispute resolution expert Steven Heffer, advised various racehorse trainers, owners and syndicates on agreements regarding horse sales, training and leasing. Heffer represented numerous victims of phone-hacking in the sports sector in damages claims brought against News Group Newspapers and Mirror Group Newspapers. Marco Materazzi is another client." Legal 500 2017, Sport 

Leading firm legal 500 2017

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