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Sports require commitment, strategy and teamwork.


Burness Paull's multi-disciplinary sports and regulatory lawyers work to the same principles.

Sports and regulatory clients need to focus on their business and sporting objectives, and our role is to help them achieve this.

We are committed to providing you with the necessary expertise and advice, and will devise the best strategy for the unique environment in which you operate.

An in-depth understanding of the complex regulatory and contractual arrangements within which sports clients operate gives us an edge.

We know that what works for one sport or organisation might not work for another. Advice cannot be given without factoring in reputational, political and governance issues. Taking all of those into account, we give tailored and robust advice when it might seem there is no right answer.

A winning track record:

We have steered clients through some of the most high-profile issues in the Scottish and UK sporting scene. We have invaluable experience of the pressured environment in which sporting and other regulatory organisations operate, and understand that quick and commercially aware advice is often the number one requirement.

The firm's sports lawyers have also successfully advised on a number of high-profile Judicial Reviews, so we are adept at advising when the stakes are at their highest.

Our sports lawyers have acted for significant domestic sporting organisations, including governing bodies, the event organisers, rights-holders, and clubs. We also advise broadcasters, sponsors and a number of prominent sports people.

Our sports team has a long and distinguished history of acting for the Scottish FA and the Scottish Rugby Union and also undertakes significant work for Everton FC, Sky Sports and Sir Alex Ferguson. We have acted for a number of non-sporting bodies that have required to either create or substantially revise a body of disciplinary rules and procedures.

Our team also has experience of resolving disputes through litigation, arbitration and mediation.

Burness Paull's sports lawyers can advise on:

  • Advice to regulatory bodies on the proper application of disciplinary and regulatory rules
  • Revisal of disciplinary and regulatory rules
  • Advice and representation to sports competitors involved in disciplinary processes
  • Reputation management advice (including defamation and libel) to sports competitors and organisations
  • All issues connected with intellectual property rights, including brand enforcement
  • Advising on all aspects of commercial work, including the negotiation and drafting of contracts connected to sporting events

The team's expertise does not stop at purely sporting matters, either.

The breadth of our legal practice allows us to take a holistic approach to the needs of sporting clients, and we have wide-ranging experience of advising on Reputation Management, Property, Employment, Planning and Commercial Contracts in the sporting sphere, with all the additional publicity and accountability that entails.

Now you've seen our star-studded line-up get in touch if you want to kick-off proceedings.

'The best firm I know for sports law in Scotland. Very professional and completely on top of the field.'
- Legal 500 UK, 2020