"Mat understands the Esports space having immersed himself across various areas. It has been an asset to be able to leverage someone who has strong legal knowledge as well as having the context of both sport and esports"– David Harris, MD, Guinevere Capital, Owner of the 'Dire Wolves' and 'Sydney Drop Bears'
Sport is a defining characteristic of the Australian national psyche and is important to all Australians as a nation that regularly punches above our weight in international sporting competitions. Sport is also a significant business in its own right as an industry measured to be AU$83 billion.
In this sector, commerce and law are intertwined with diverse regulatory frameworks and you need experienced, reliable advisors that understand this niche marketplace. Your legal team have to be ready to act on little or no notice and get it right first time, every time.
Our specialist Sports Law Group delivers expertise across a broad range of sporting disciplines, working with sporting bodies, teams, and investors in support of Sport Australia’s ‘Sport 2030’ National Sport Plan, with a strong focus on delivering sport integrity outcomes.
Supported by practical experience drawn from legal, regulatory, governance and sporting backgrounds, our expert sports law specialists have represented some of the most recognised names from the sporting world including sportspeople, professional advisers, clubs, associations, regulatory bodies, and other sports organisations.
Our clients trust us to understand this unique and exciting market place and to operate alongside them in the constantly evolving, fast paced and highly pressurised sports environment. Clients tell us that we listen, advise and act in a way they find reassuring and exceeds their expectations for a commercial legal service.
We make it our business to know your business and to become an integral part of your team. We understand the pressures and emotions involved. As a result, our clients trust us to rise to any challenge and to present market-leading legal solutions, first time, every time.
DWF's Australian sports law specialists have advised a US-based sports-focused private equity firm on its recent investment into a leading Australian sports brand, the National Basketball League's (NBL) Brisbane Bullets.
In a major boost to sports integrity and the sports law profession, Australia's National Sports Tribunal (NST) will soon be established for a two year trial following the enacting bills passing both Houses of Parliament on 11 September 2019 and receiving assent on 19 September 2019.
In the wake of prominent disputes involving player behaviour and actions taken by sports to protect their commercial relationships, we ask if a new visual contract will better manage expectations and obligations.
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