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Neil Smith
Our multi-disciplinary, leading sports law practice recognises the unique environment in which sports organisations and participants operate. We know that what works for one sport might not work for another. Using our vast experience we can provide commercial and robust advice when it might seem there is no right answer.

Advice cannot be given without factoring in reputational, political and governance issues.  Taking all of those into account, we provide comprehensive advice. Over the years, we have steered clients through some of the most high-profile appointments and departures on the UK sporting scene. We have first-hand experience of the pressured environment in which sporting organisations operate, and understand that quick, commercial and robust advice is often the number one requirement.

Our first-hand experience of drafting disciplinary rules, procedures and other contractual arrangements is testament to our true understanding of sporting organizations throughout the UK.

The team has an unparalleled track record of acting for the main domestic sporting organisations including governing bodies such as the event organizers, rights holders, and clubs. We also advise broadcasters, sponsors and leading sportsmen and women.  For example, our sports team has a long and distinguished history of acting for the Scottish FA, the Scottish Rugby Union and is now the Official Legal Advisor to Scottish Cycling.

We understand that our sports clients need to focus on their business and sporting objectives; and our role is to help them achieve this. Our clients value our appreciation of the way sporting events and governing bodies operate, and the importance of ensuring that integrity and profile is maintained. An in-depth understanding of the complex regulatory and contractual arrangements ensures we stand out from the competition.