The sports industry has grown significantly over the last 20 years both in terms of monitory value and complexity. That complexity has been further increased in recent years through the advent of digital technologies and social media, not to mention the introduction of ever increasing laws and regulations.

The Sports team at Teacher Stern LLP, now incorporating the sports lawyers from Butcher Burns LLP following the recent merger, provides a team of solicitors with the expertise to advise on a wealth of legal issues and challenges unique to the sporting industry. We are widely recognised in the legal press as a leading member of the sports law sector, and have been consistently recommended in Chambers, Legal 500 and other guides to the legal profession for our expertise and leadership in all areas of sports and sports regulatory work.

We advise a broad spectrum of those involved in sport, both in the UK and internationally, including clubs, sports bodies and sports agents as well as Premiership footballers, Olympic athletes and other international sports men and women.

Our primary focus is on talent representation, commercial work, mergers & acquisitions and private equity work; all in the sports sector.  We have in-depth experience in handling the specific legal needs of our sporting clients and pride ourselves in being able to offer commercial and pragmatic advice. The types of instructions we regularly accept include:

  • Drafting and providing advice in relation to the various different types of sporting agreements.
  • Corporate restructuring, with a specific focus on the sale and purchase of football clubs.
  • Disputes relating to contractual, regulatory, employment or disciplinary matters.
  • Media related issues such as defamation and breach of privacy claims.
  • Anti-doping issues.
  • Advised on the regulatory framework of individual sports.
  • Employment related issues and immigration.

Our team is passionate about sport and we take the time to ensure that we fully understand our clients’ sport specific needs so that we can provide hands-on, focused and solution driven advice. As a group of innovative, creative minded individuals, we are committed to building long-term client relationships and our fundamental aim is to achieve success for our clients.

Representative work

Examples of our sport work include:

  • Advised in connection with the high profile transfers of Paulhino (Tottenham), Willian (Chelsea) and Oscar (Chelsea).
  • Advised a major client in connection with the acquisition of economic rights relating to an international tennis player.
  • Advised the purchasers of Charlton Athletic, a potential purchaser of West Ham United and a potential bidder for Southampton.
  • Advised leading Great Britain athletes in respect of the selection policy of their respective governing bodies in the lead up to London 2012 and Commonwealth Games 2014.
  • Advised third party rights holders in relation to economic rights and recovery of transfer proceedings and disputes relating to Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano in claims against West Ham United.
  • Advised a third party rights holders in the transfer of Carlos Tevez to Manchester United and subsequently to Manchester City FC; advising Carlos Tevez on his disciplinary issues with Manchester City and in his subsequent transfer to Juventus.
  • Advised the owners of Charlton Athletic Football Club in the sale of the club to Roland Duchatelet.
  • Advised third party rights holders in the transfer of Javier Mascherano to Liverpool.
  • Advised Ashley Cole in two High Court privacy actions.
  • Advised a Football Agent and his client in respect of highly sensitive issues relating to Twitter.
  • Advised on the departure of a Chief Scout from a Championship club and a Sports Scientist from a Premier League club.

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