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Women’s Sport

Women’s sport is a key focus of our Sports & Entertainment Group, comprising leading lawyers across jurisdictions and practice areas, with unrivalled industry knowledge, connections, and experience.

We are committed to supporting and facilitating the growth of women’s sport globally. We believe that the sporting and commercial opportunities are exponential as women’s sport (quite rightly) becomes more popular and visible worldwide.

At this important moment for women’s sport, stakeholders are presented with unique opportunities – and challenges – to ensure its full potential is realized. Our market-leading team of sports lawyers has a real understanding of the issues that matter and how to make an impact. We advise our clients across the full spectrum of legal services, including commercial, regulatory and contentious matters impacting the fast-growing women’s sport industry.

Our team is approachable and proactive, and passionate about the growth and influence of women’s sport. We are proud to be at the forefront of these critical developments and to support our clients in achieving their aims and aspirations.

Our lawyers sit on various ad hoc disciplinary, governance and anticorruption panels.

We are also thought leaders and are regularly published in industry publications. Of note are our contributions to the text Football and the Law (second edition, published in 2022), in which our lawyers authored chapters on Player Transfers and Immigration and Governing Body Endorsements, which included a specific focus on rules relevant to women’s football. 

Commitment to Pro Bono

We have a longstanding commitment to pro bono services that promote equal justice and provide service for those with limited resources. Our pro bono legacy is deeply rooted in our dedication to the communities where we live and work around the world. We actively encourage and support our lawyers in answering the call to serve and volunteer their legal services.

Our team’s sector-specific experience and expertise means that we are equipped to give our clients considered advice and recommendations across the full spectrum of legal services.

We provide legal support to stakeholders at the forefront of the women’s sports industry across key markets in Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. 

We advise on issues such as:

  • Establishment and operation of new leagues and series 
  • Player contracts and transfers, including immigration and governing body endorsement (GBE) support
  • Club licensing and minimum operating criteria
  • Labor and employment issues, including player contracts and maternity rights
  • Immigration
  • Brand and reputation management
  • Sponsorship, advertising, and endorsements 
  • Hosting and staging of events (including the distribution of event-related rights)
  • M&A/investments and corporate structuring
  • Governance and regulatory issues
  • Dispute resolution, including at the Court of Arbitration for Sport 
  • Investigations and safeguarding 
  • Environment, health and safety, including terrorism risks in stadia 
  • Commercial rights, media rights and broadcasting
  • NFTs and tokens  
  • Exploitation and protection of intellectual property and image rights (name, image and likeness (NIL))
  • Insurance
  • Restructuring and insolvency 
  • Private equity and financing 
  • Alcohol, entertainment and food licensing
  • Development, planning, finance and construction of venues and facilities
  • Public policy

Our clients include:

  • Clubs and teams
  • Leagues, series and competitions
  • National and international governing bodies
  • Rights-holders
  • Venue operators
  • Event management companies
  • Athletes
  • Agents/intermediaries
  • Sponsors
  • Broadcasters
  • Olympic committees
  • Investors  

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