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Sports Q&A: How is AI being utilised in Sport?30 May 2023
The use of data in sport is a well-established practice: sports teams, institutions, and governing bodies have a long history of leveraging data science to enhance the performance of athletes and players, with the goal of achieving a competitive advantage and improving the quality of the game.
Company’s register of people with significant control (PSCs)
Inbrief22 March 2023
Most UK companies and LLPs are required to find out and record details of the individuals or legal entities that have significant beneficial ownership or control over them. The information must be recorded in the company’s register of people with significant control (PSC register) as part of its statutory books.
‘Landmark moment’ or ‘PR exercise?’ What football thinks of new independent regulator: John Shea comments for The Athletic
Press07 March 2023
The UK government has announced plans for an independent regulator of English football aimed to better test potential new owners, ensure clubs are run sustainably and stop sides from joining breakaway leagues. John Shea provides insight into what this means for the industry.
What Sponsors can learn from the 2022 World Cup beer fiasco: JJ Shaw writes for LawInSport
Press07 March 2023
Following the 2022 World Cup beer fiasco, JJ Shaw looks at the different methods that sponsoring entities can implement in order to protect their interests.
The new FIFA football agent regulations – What you need to know06 January 2023
After much controversy and debate, the new FIFA Football Agent Regulations were finally approved by the FIFA Council on 16 December 2022 and will come into force on 9 January 2023 with the aim of reinforcing contractual stability, protecting the integrity of the transfer system and achieving greater financial transparency.
Sports Q&A: What is a DAO and how are they relevant to sport?26 September 2022
Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAOs) are a creature of Web3. The theory goes that they are membership-led bodies, which can operate as decentralised corporations in the digital, blockchain-supported world, independent of real world regulation. The paradigm DAO is transparent and self-governing without outside government interference and no power held by any executive or management board. The reality is, currently, somewhat different (see further below).
What's the meaning of a football transfer?21 September 2022
Those involved with football transfers will be familiar with sell-on clauses given that they are widely used in the world of professional football. The purpose of a sell on clause is simple.
The FIFA World Cup 2022 - Ambush Marketing and the Law
Inbrief09 August 2022
The FIFA World Cup stimulates a frenzy of marketing activity – both official and unofficial. Qatar 2022 is unlikely to be any different.
Future of Sport: Women in Football and Sports Media (with Jo Tongue and Charlotte Richardson)05 August 2022
In this final episode of Season 1, JJ Shaw is joined by Jo Tongue (CEO of Tongue Tied Management and licensed FA intermediary) and Charlotte Richardson (Football commentator, match reporter and presenter) – to discuss life in the football industry and sports media.
Sports Q&A: FIFA's new football agent regulations - what do you need to know?27 June 2022
Agents are always an important topic in football and especially so at the moment as FIFA’s new football agent regulations are imminent and set to impact all stakeholders who work within the football industry. In this month’s Q&A, John Shea outlines some of the key changes being proposed in order to ensure that agents, clubs, and players are ahead of the game.
Future of Sport: Stadium Technology of Tomorrow (with Chi Bhatia)08 May 2022
In this episode, JJ Shaw is joined by Chi Bhatia – VP of Strategy and Growth at OnePlan & Venue Twin – to discuss all things relating to stadiums and technology.
Shipwrecking online pirates: we can’t wait for a change in the wind, we need to adjust their sails to force a change of course20 April 2022
As life begins to return to some sort of normality after the huge disruption caused by COVID, we have been reflecting on how the swift imposition of lockdowns and other restrictions escalated what was likely to be a greater shift to the consumption of digital entertainment content via the internet and streaming services; both the legitimate and illegal kinds.
Sports Q&A: Conducting misconduct investigations12 April 2022
In an increasingly complex legal and regulatory landscape, dealing with the intricacies of investigations can be fraught with difficulties, especially in a sports context. Often conducted under intense scrutiny, from the media and stakeholders, allegations need to be carefully and appropriately investigated to maintain your reputation and mitigate legal risk. In this Q&A we consider some of the key questions when conducting a investigation into your staff, coaches, officials or members.
Gambling Advertising: ASA and CAP move the goal posts for footballers and celebs06 April 2022
Following an 18 month consultation period, the ASA today announced that it will be changing the rules when it comes to who can appear in gambling ads.
What should I look out for in a club sponsorship contract?16 March 2022
Q: Our local rugby team has lost its shirt sponsor and we’ve been offered a deal if we can make a quick decision. What are the key things to look out for in a sponsorship contract?
A Guide To How Trade Marks Work In Formula One. Nicholas Buckland and Ella Nawaro write for LawInSport
Press21 February 2022
In the UK, a trade mark can be protected if it is capable of distinguishing the specific goods/services covered from those of third parties, and if the mark itself can be represented on the register in a clear in precise manner. But what does this mean in practice, and what are the implications for motorsport?
Future of Sport: Female Trailblazers (with Reema Juffali and Hannah Rankin)15 February 2022
In this bumper episode, JJ Shaw and Alex Kelham are joined by two trailblazers from the world of women’s sport – Hannah Rankin (reigning WBA and IBO super-welterweight world boxing champion) and Reema Juffali (Saudi Arabia’s first female professional racing driver).
Stephen O’Flaherty recognised in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 for 202218 January 2022
Lewis Silkin’s Stephen O’Flaherty has been named in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 for 2022, celebrating the most daring, innovative, and creative lawyers in the UK for the past year. Stephen is one of two associates to be named in this year’s list.
The Football Association v Marc Bola
Press07 January 2022
John Shea and Christina Michalos QC of 5RB Chambers successfully represented Middlesbrough player Marc Bola in regulatory proceedings brought against the player for aggravated misconduct relating to a tweet posted several years ago when the player was only 14 years old.
Sports Q&A - Transgender athletes: What do the IOC's new guidelines mean for sports organisations?13 December 2021
In November, the International Olympic Committee released new guidance which says there should be no assumption that a transgender athlete automatically has an unfair advantage in female events. In this Q&A, Anna Bond and James Garmston dive deep into the new guidelines to ensure you fully understand what they mean for your organisation.