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Sports Employment & Immigration

Our employment and immigration lawyers are market leaders, advising clubs, governing bodies and sports agencies on the full range of employment, immigration and disciplinary issues (including classification, selection and anti-doping matters).

We’ve advised on numerous high-profile managerial appointments and exits at both club and international level, and work with clients to ensure contracts with their top talent are future-proofed.

We have in depth knowledge of the issues that matter to sports organisations, from employment status of match day staff to handling litigation and arbitration in front of national and international governing bodies, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. We also provide a great value helpline service for HR teams.

Examples of our recent work include advising:

  • a Premiership rugby union club on the contractual position, negotiation strategy and media strategy for the controversial departure of a player
  • a "Big 4" Premier League club on the appointment of its new manager
  • a Premier League manager on his new contract
  • a Championship football club on the restructuring of its scouting department
  • a Premier League football club on day to day HR matters
  • on the restructuring of the senior management board for a Championship football club and a leading professional sport’s governing body
  • on the secondment of an international rugby coach to the British Lions
  • an international footballer on a dispute with his former club

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