Henry Goldschmidt is a senior associate in the London Litigation Practice, working within the Sports & Entertainment Industry Group and focusing on contentious and regulatory sports matters.

Henry Goldschmidt has successfully represented stakeholders from across the sports industry, ranging from international federations, national governing bodies, leagues, clubs and teams, to event organisers, agencies, senior executives, coaches and athletes. In addition to the English Courts, he has acted before various national and international tribunals and the Court of Arbitration for Sport – many of them high-profile cases.

Henry has advised on a broad spectrum of issues, including financial fair play, anti-doping, concussion, agency disputes, policy drafting, eligibility, ethics complaints, safeguarding, selection appeals, professional negligence, contractual claims, regulatory compliance, the sale and purchase of clubs/teams and international transfers. He has also conducted a number of investigations (of varying scopes and sizes) in relation to matters of sporting integrity, athlete welfare and discrimination.

Henry has completed the BASL Post Graduate Certificate in Sports Law from De Montfort University (with distinction). Prior to transitioning into the sports sector in 2016, Henry spent four years practising commercial litigation and international arbitration at a leading international law firm and has also spent time in-house on secondment.

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  • Advising various Premier League and EFL football clubs in relation to compliance with domestic/international regulations, including the relevant owners’ and directors’ tests, profitability and sustainability rules, and the FIFA regulations on the status and transfer of players.
  • Acting for an EFL football club in relation to a professional negligence claim.
  • Acting for a service provider in relation to a multimillion-euro claim (for breach of contract) in the English High Court against a major international sports federation.
  • Acting for a global talent agency in a dispute between a well-known musician and the promoter of an international music festival.
  • Acting for a digital service provider in a contractual claim against a public body in relation to the COVID-19 track and trace system, securing a highly favourable settlement at mediation (being 95% of the initial quantum claimed).
  • Advising a professional cricket club in connection with an independent investigation into allegations of discrimination and institutional racism.
  • Conducting an independent investigation for national governing body in relation to alleged integrity breaches.
  • Advising Knighthead Capital on sports regulatory matters in connection with its takeover of Birmingham City Football Club.
  • Advising a lifestyle brand regarding its sponsorship and purchase of a motorsport team.
  • Advising the manager of a major European football club in relation to complications surrounding his move from the Premier League.
  • Advising an overseas governmental entity (and drafting the requisite underlying rules and regulations) in relation to the implementation of betting and gaming activity in its jurisdiction.
  • Acting for a national governing body in disciplinary proceedings against a former coach, who was found guilty of multiple misconduct charges and banned from coaching within the sport for life.
  • Representing a professional league in various disciplinary proceedings against clubs for breaches of financial fair play regulations.
  • Acting for a national governing body in its prosecution of an athlete for making public comments likely to bring the sport into disrepute.
  • Representing the Deputy President of an international federation in relation to alleged breaches of its code of ethics.
  • Acting for athletes, teams and athlete support personnel in multiple anti-doping proceedings before domestic/international tribunals and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Clients in this field have included Olympic gold medallists, World Champion boxers, and international footballers and rugby players.
  • Acting for a national governing body in relation to various selection appeals by athletes omitted from international competitions or specialist performance programmes.
  • Acting for a cyclist (multiple Grand Tour winner), who was cleared of any wrongdoing following an extensive investigation into alleged breaches of anti-doping rules.
  • Acting for a well-known European basketball club following a decision to relegate it from the top tier of its domestic league for allegedly forfeiting games.
  • Advising former rugby internationals (some of whom are suffering from early-onset dementia) in relation to concussion and brain injury issues, including their prospective claims and remedies.
  • Advising an international footballer in relation to (complications surrounding) a potential transfer from a European club to the Chinese Super League.
  • Advising a global sports event organiser in respect of proposed changes to its rules and regulations.


  • De Montfort University, Postgraduate Certificate in Sports Law, 2022
  • BPP, London, Legal Practice Course, 2009
  • BPP, London, Graduate Diploma in Law, 2008
  • Durham University, BA Hons, 2007


  • England and Wales, 2012

Memberships & Affiliations

  • British Association for Sport and Law
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