Sports Contracts & Employment
Working in sport may seem more glamorous than most other lines of work, but nevertheless professional athletes and players are still workers and require proactive and succinct employment advice when facing various issues in the workplace.
Our Corporate and Employment teams are on hand to assist; having represented numerous professional footballers in negotiating contracts with their respective clubs and advising on players’ severance when leaving their clubs.
We also have key experience in acting for employers also, in tribunal claims for unfair dismissal, for example. Our team believe in offering Harrison Drury’s key services, such as employment law, to the highest standard whilst applying our knowledge of the sports sector to bring the best service possible to our clients.
We also have significant experience advising on commercial sporting contracts such as:
- Sponsorship agreements;
- Management agreements;
- Exclusivity and confidentiality agreements;
- Non-Disclosure agreements;
- Leasing and Sale of race horse agreements
Latest Sports Sector News and Insights
Coronavirus COVID-19: Can athletes still be tested during the pandemic?
Matthew Astley and Hannah Pike, from Harrison Drury’s sports sector team, provide guidance for athletes who may face anti-doping testing during the coronavirus pandemic Stringent measures have been put in…
Coronavirus loan scheme open to Sports Membership Clubs
In the Budget on 11 March 2020, the Chancellor announced a variety of measures to provide support for public services, individuals and businesses to ensure the impact of COVID-19 is…
What effect could landmark gender case have on the future of sport?
Charlotte Hurst, of the Harrison Drury sports sector team and family law department, considers the gender ambiguities in sport raised by the recent case of South-African runner, Caster Semenya. In…
Harrison Drury advises 11 Degrees on Ben Stokes deal
Harrison Drury has advised clothing brand 11 Degrees on its sponsorship agreement with England cricket international Ben Stokes. Stokes was unveiled in January as a brand ambassador for the clothing…
Salary caps in sport – Can points deductions be contested?
Matthew Astley, joint head of the Harrison Drury sports law team, and Chloe Harrison, of the employment & regulatory team, consider the recent decision of an independent tribunal to impose…
How will new eligibility rules impact female athletes?
Charlotte Hurst, of Harrison Drury’s sports law team, discusses the controversial new Athletes with Differences of Sexual Development classification and the legal options open to female athletes looking to challenge…
What effect could Brexit have on football transfers?
With only one transfer window remaining before the UK leaves the European Union (EU), Alex Walmsley, of Harrison Drury’s sports sector team, looks at what this will mean for football…16/11/18
What can footballers teach us about breach of contract?
James Dickinson, solicitor in the sports sector team at Harrison Drury, looks at how a dispute between Sunderland AFC and two of its players raises the issue of dealing with…
North West lawyer qualifies as UK anti-doping advisor
A lawyer at Harrison Drury solicitors has qualified as a UK anti-doping (UKAD) accredited advisor. James Dickinson, who joined the firm in 2015, has worked towards the accreditation as part…