05 November 2021
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Sports law is a growing and increasingly important area of the law, involving significant personal, reputational and financial stakes, and frequently requiring attention under acute time pressure.
The timely and successful navigation of these complex regulatory, commercial and disciplinary challenges requires specialist advice and expertise.
Our experience and expertise enables us to advise individuals and organisations over a broad spectrum of sports law areas. These include hearings before the Sports Tribunal of New Zealand, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)), and other internal disciplinary tribunals. We also have considerable experience in the mediation of sports disputes and judicial review.
We have acted and advised on anti-doping, player misconduct matters, eligibility and selection processes and disputes, employment (including player contracts) and health and safety, investigations and reviews, risk management, sponsorship, and intellectual property and brand protection.
We are also regularly instructed to advise on sports governance and administration (including constitutions, policies and rules) in respect of regional sports trusts, national sporting organisations, charitable organisations and clubs.
Our clients and areas of work have included individuals and organisations in numerous and diverse sports, from the grass roots to the elite professional level. These have included NFL football, archery, billiards, NBA basketball, cricket, EPL football, Formula 1, lawn bowls, motorsport, mountain biking, netball, road cycling, rugby, rugby league, shooting, surfing, swimming, triathlon, weightlifting, winter sports (including ice hockey, ice speed skating, and alpine freeride skiing), and wrestling. We have acted and advised in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
With an extensive background in acting for organisations and individuals in a broad range of sporting contexts in New Zealand and around the world, our team has the expertise and experience to provide clear, accurate and pragmatic advice and representation, under pressure, and to help you to achieve your goals.Meet the team
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