What our sports lawyers do
Our sports law solicitors not only possess expertise in the latest sports law, but also understand the industry; including its structures, regulations, challenges, pressures, trends, and developments. With this knowledge, we provide smart, pragmatic, insightful and tailored law services for any sports industry stakeholder.
Our team is here to help you achieve your ambitions and realise your vision of success. Because we are a full-service law firm, sports teams, clubs, organisations, and individuals who seek our services automatically benefit from our holistic legal expertise in the areas of immigration, commercial and contract law, intellectual property, litigation and contentious disputes, corporate governance and transactions, and employment law.
As a sports law firm, our solicitors can advise and represent you in a wide range of sporting legal matters including:
- sports contracts
- sports agents agreements
- sports contracts disputes and litigations
- sports merchandising/sponsorship, and broadcasting
- sports IP rights
- sports immigration (Tier 2 Sportsperson visas and Tier 5 Temporary Worker – Creative and Sporting visas)
What our clients say
We pride ourselves on delivering an excellent service for clients, but don’t just take our word for it.
As soon as I contacted them, and explained the support I required, they were responsive, on the case and quickly got a grasp of what I required.
John Heard, Founder
We’d like to thank Harper James for all of their support throughout the investment deal process. As well as providing vital legal advice, Adam and the team at Harper James gave us guidance on the next steps of our growth, and we look forward to working with the team on a variety of projects in the future.
Scott Clifford, Founder
Legal advice for sports clients
Expert drafting of sports agreements
Expert contract/agreement drafting is essential in the sports industry, to ensure the proper protection of individuals, clubs, teams, sponsors and other organisations. By taking the time to draft an agreement which meets both your immediate and longer-term needs, you can be assured that regardless of what then eventuates, all scenarios have been taken into account. We will consider possibilities such as injury, early termination, bonuses, performance, and legal obligations. We can assist with drafting:
- agreements for appearances by players
- agent contracts
- agreements with broadcasters, event managers and promoters
- brand rights
- club and employment contracts
- club constitutions
- columnist’s agreements
- commercial agreements
- endorsement and merchandising agreements
- image rights agreements
- player transfer agreements
- presenter’s agreements
- sponsorship agreements
Sports governance matters
Sports governance is particularly robust within the UK and is strictly upheld. We can advise and represent you in relation to any matters involving a sports governing organisation, whether for a specific sport, such as the Football Association, Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), or an overarching body such as the International Olympic Committee (IoC), or the Commonwealth Games Federation. We specialise in resolving complex sports disputes such as complaints, disciplinaries, investigations, and suspensions.
Examples of our work
Wimbledon stars could earn more from Instagram than the championship itself
1 July 2021
Traditionally, businesses seeking to market a product would pay for an advert to go in a magazine or on TV. Others may have splashed out …
Helping Wild Cycles get the wheels of their business turning
1 June 2021
Cycling entrepreneur John Heard contacted our team of experts for help with setting up Wild Cycles, a new business offering adventure biking tours to destinations …
Oneskee secures six-figure investment for growth supported by Harper James Solicitors
25 November 2019
Fashion-forward snow sports brand Oneskee recently secured £250,000 of investment from Midven, in a deal facilitated by Harper James Solicitors. The investment from the venture capital firm gives …
Sports solicitors with sector expertise
Our senior solicitors have been recruited from top 100 UK law firms or international businesses, and many are passionate sportspeople themselves. Our team comprises multiple practice areas, so whatever legal advice you need, we have a solicitor with the relevant sector experience, able to deal with your needs quickly and cost-effectively.
Our lawyers come with a rich and varied history in sports sector legal advice. Some of their previous work within the sector includes:
- Hiring sports players, particularly football players and motor racing drivers, from overseas
- Resolving director and shareholder disputes for major sports clubs, especially football clubs
- Acting for a global sports equipment company on its commercial partner agreements
- Acting for sports personalities working as ambassadors for large brands
Commercial and Operations Director
Ashley is a litigator, arbitrator and mediator who joined Harper James from DLA Piper where he spent 28 years, 22 as a partner. He is now the Commercial and Operations Director at Harper James.View profile
Business Immigration Solicitor
Rashid assists all types of employers with business immigration issues, including compliance issues and applications via the points-based system and sponsorship licences.View profile
Intellectual Property Partner
Having previously worked at top 50 firm, Walker Morris, Lindsay specialises in IP strategy, dispute resolution and IP exploitation.View profile
IP & Commercial Technology Partner
Before joining us Rob worked for Santander bank as an IP/brand management lawyer and also at Shakespeare Martineau.View profile
Employment Law Partner
Simon acts for employers of all sizes, particularly tech and manufacturing, and specialises in managing people matters, including TUPE, sales and acquisitions of companies, and restructures/redundancies.View profile
Employee Incentives Solicitor
Ian has over 25 years’ experience advising on employee incentive arrangements (including EMI, CSOP, SIP and SAYE plans and growth/hurdle share and phantom equity arrangements).View profile
Our three transparent pricing packages are designed to give you the widest possible access to high-quality legal advice, whatever the size and nature of your business:
Straightforward access to senior solicitors at a competitive rate.
An affordable solution for businesses needing one-off legal support. Receive ‘City’ partner-level expertise at a fraction of ‘City’ prices.
Have legal peace of mind for £189 per month with additional support from £125 per hour.
A monthly subscription legal support package specifically designed for start-ups and smaller businesses.
Providing you with priority access to a dedicated panel of highly experienced solicitors.
Fully account managed quarterly subscription service for businesses with more complex legal needs.