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        We provide real strength and depth of coverage in sports law, with the expertise and cost base to undertake sports related work across the whole market spectrum, around Australia and internationally.

        "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.

        We advise our clients across the whole Sports spectrum, covering:

        • Anti-doping
        • Business opportunities & market development
        • Business start-ups, incorporation, & structuring
        • Capital raising
        • Commercial contracts & agreements
        • Competition issues
        • Employment law
        • Endorsement opportunity negotiations & contracts
        • Governance
        • Integrity
        • Intellectual property rights registration, protection, & management
        • Licensing & merchandising
        • Media rights transactions
        • Member protection
        • Mergers and acquisitions
        • Player / athlete agent disputes and advice
        • Player / participation contracts & agreements
        • Property transactions and development
        • Racehorse breeding, sales, and investment
        • Sponsorships
        • Sporting body constitutional matters
        • Sports marketing & business issues
        • Stadium naming rights and operating agreements
        • Tribunals, judiciaries, disputes, & appeals

        •  4 dedicated Australian-based sports legal advisers and more than 30 around the world; and growing all the time.
        • Our Australian Sports Law team is based in Sydney and Newcastle, servicing clients and issues Australia-wide and internationally.
        • Our team are active members of the Australia & New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA), the US-based Sports Lawyers Association (SLA), and the Esports Games Association Australia (EGAA).
        • Strength and depth with the expertise and cost base to be able to undertake sports related work across the whole market spectrum.
        • An enviable client list covering the market.
        • Wide experience of esports and sports tech.
        • Part of an international sports law team, including lawyers in London, Manchester, Cologne, and Dublin.
        • Backed by a global team of experts in litigation and arbitration, commercial law, corporate, banking and finance, construction, real estate, business restructuring, employment, work health and safety, and insurance.
        • Supported and enhanced by DWF Connected Services, offering services such as IT support; advocacy; insurance claims handling; consulting; costs recovery; forensic accounting; legal outsourcing; and research and development.
        • Operating from 27 key commercial centres and employing over 2,700 people across Australia, the U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Republic of Ireland, U.S.A., Singapore, Canada, United Arab Emirates, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

        David Reid

        • Executive Partner (Newcastle)