Sports Law

As fun and inspiring it is to watch, the sports world can be complex when it comes to law. The professional sport sector lends itself to a variety of legal services, from contract law, dispute resolution, intellectual property protection, and even tort law, so there could be a load of reasons why you’d be reaching out to us.

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We support our clients with individually tailored legal advice, in areas such as:

Talent Sports Media. Sports Disputes. Sports Regulatory and Governance. Image Rights Brand and Reputation Management. Club Player Representation. Sports Disciplinary. Sports Events.


Explaining Sport law

Sports contracts are critical to the development of a sports person’s career prospects. There is no doubt that you or the athlete you represent will want to secure the most compatible contract for you. That’s where a solicitor with a tight control over contractual law should get involved. Avoid all the issues that can arise when you work with an unreliable contract full of holes, and reach out to our team now! 

Intellectual property law may be something you need to seriously consider if you need to patent an invention or creation that pushes sportspeople to better their performance. If you believe someone has ripped off your invention, we can also help to resolve the dispute – always working towards your ideal end result.

If you or the athlete you represent work in a high risk sector, you may need to consider the chances of sports injuries occurring. If they do, you may want to raise a dispute or take your disputant to court. That’s where we come in.

If you feel you have been the victim of a negligent referee or umpire, if you have used damaged sports equipment that has ended up injuring you, if you feel you have been the victim of dangerous conduct from another athlete or team, or for another reason entirely, you will want a professional solicitor to deal with your claim.


Why might you or business require sports law representation

Do you represent a professional athlete? Do you need a reliable law firm to provide specialist knowledge within the sports industry? Good. We can help. Our team are trained in providing legal support specific to the sports sector, with an understanding of the niche experiences of sport stars or sports teams.

We already work alongside and have long-term relationships with professional athletes, so you can trust our team to always work in your best interests.


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How can Spencer Churchill help you with Sport law


It goes without saying that footy is one of the most popular spectator sports in the UK. Legally protecting those within the football industry, from Premier League players to promising talent beginning their career, needs to be a priority. If you need a solicitor to represent you, one who truly understands the specific legal issues that impact footballers and how to solve them, then you’ll want to reach out to our team.

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The eSports industry is booming in popularity, and eSports athletes need to make sure they are well represented by the best solicitors in the game. From creating or managing player contracts, to protecting brand rights, to helping engage fans through establishing ad regulations and advice, we are ready and eager to help our eSports clients with all their specific needs and requirements. Get in touch now.

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From mediating driver disputes to developing team contracts, to establishing race support agreements, the motorsport industry lends itself to a variety of our services. The high risk nature of the sport means that if you need to make injury claims, we can also offer our help and expertise. We are excited to represent motorsports athletes at whatever point they are in their career. Reach out to our team now!

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Boxing & Combat Sports

We have a lot of experience representing top talent in the boxing and combat sports industry, providing legal advice that works. If you need assistance with developing combat contracts, with raising a dispute due to injury or mistreatment in the ring, if you believe you are being threatened and coerced into a contract, or if you are struggling to achieve a licence, our team of professionals are on hand to help.

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Professional cyclists face unique challenges compared to other athletes in different disciplines. With professional cycling seems to come doping accusations, but with us you’ll be in good hands. If you believe you have been falsely accused of doping, and you are facing reputation damages due to these accusations, then we want to help.

We also deal with cycling contracts, personal injury claims, resolving disputes, and more. Don’t delay in reaching out for our expert representation.

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We always work in our clients’ best interests, no matter what point they are at in their athletics career. From personal injury advice and support, to dispute resolution, to establishing beneficial contracts, our athletes trust our expert advice on a range of issues. Ready to be another one of our happy athletics clients? Get in touch.

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A challenging sport, triathletes face similar challenges to other athletes and sportspeople. We provide legal advice to triathletes that is easy to understand and works in their best interest, always. From working through contractual challenges, to offering support through reputation damages or resolving disputes – contact us now for the best in trustworthy legal services.

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Do you represent a golf club who is searching for legal support? Or an individual professional golfer who needs support through developing a contract or through a personal injury claim or for another reason entirely? It’s good that you’ve found us – our expert legal advice is ideal for professional golfers at any stage of their career. Reach out to us now and discuss our services with our friendly team.




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Appearance Agreements

Imagine having a partner in this process who makes things clear and straightforward for you. Someone who dives into the details of sports law to ensure you’re getting a deal that respects your rights and boosts your profile without all the legal jargon that can make your head spin.

With Spencer Churchill, we help you understand what you’re signing up for, negotiate the details, and ensure your personal brand stays where you want it to be. We’re all about clear, straightforward advice so you won’t get lost in legal mumbo-jumbo.

We care about your success and are here to help you navigate the legal bits so you can keep doing what you love without any worries.

With the right advice and advocacy, you can confidently understand these deals, keeping your brand strong and your career on the up. Whether it’s making sure your next event goes smoothly or helping you use your star power wisely, we’re on your side, ready to tackle any challenge.

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Boxing promotional contracts

Whether deciphering the terms of your boxer/manager relationship or choosing a suitable promoter to boost your career, we make the legalities of your boxing promotional contract straightforward and accessible.

Your contract covers essential aspects, including:

  • Financial terms
  • Obligations
  • Intellectual property
  • Insurance

We’re dedicated to ensuring that these contracts serve your best interests, offering clarity and security while you focus on your training and fights.

From fair payment terms to advice on the ideal contract length as your career progresses, our goal is to protect you outside the ring so you can excel within it.

Boxing contracts tailored to you

Let us get into the specifics of your contract — from names and dates to minute conditions so your contract fits your career like a glove.

And when it comes to financial details, we keep it crystal clear. You’ll understand your bonuses, fees, and payment terms without fuss, so you always know where you stand.

From the granular details of each fight to your overarching career strategy, we’ll make sure your responsibilities are clearly outlined and your brand stays protected.

With Spencer Churchill by your side, you’ll have a legal team as dedicated to your success as you are, keeping things simple so you’re in the know at every step.

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Boxing Management Agreements

Entering the boxing ring is not just about physical preparedness; it’s also about being legally savvy. At Spencer Churchill, we’re here to guide you through the complexities of Boxing Management Agreements with a clear, straightforward approach so you’re fully protected and ready to focus on what you do best.

We dive deep into the specifics — from names and dates to those special conditions that ensure your contract fits your career. When it comes to financial details, we keep it crystal clear. You’ll understand your bonuses, fees, and payment terms without fuss, so you always know where you stand.

Life can throw punches; we’re here to ensure you’re ready. We define straightforward routes for contract termination, covering you in case of injury or other unpredictable events.

Your boxing career should be about passion, dedication, and the thrill of the fight—not about worrying over legalities. Let Spencer Churchill do the legal heavy lifting so you can keep your eyes on the prize. Ready to step into the ring with confidence? Let’s talk.

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Brand Protection

Your brand is more than a symbol or image—it embodies the spirit, passion, and identity of your team or event. Protecting this brand identity is vital, as trademarks safeguard your brand from imitation, and keep it standing out among the rest.

However, sports branding doesn’t stop at traditional trademarks; it extends to innovative aspects such as motions, sounds, and unique colour combinations that require careful legal consideration to prove distinctiveness and secure protection.

In today’s digital marketplace, proactive online brand protection strategies are essential. At Spencer Churchill, we monitor various platforms to detect and act against counterfeit products to maintain the integrity and value of your sports brand.

As your legal partner, we simplify the complexities of sports brand protection. We protect your brand’s assets, from securing robust trademark protection to implementing cutting-edge strategies against counterfeiting.

Clear away the fog of complex sports law with Spencer Churchill; let’s work together to keep your brand in the lead.

You’ve got image rights, let’s protect them

Brand & Image Rights

At Spencer Churchill, we will turn your brand and image into a business so you get the recognition – and revenue – you deserve. Your brand shouldn’t be at odds with your professional commitments. That’s where our expertise comes in. We can find solutions that respect your individuality while strengthening team and sponsor relationships.

We understand the sports industry and the importance of your brand within it. Our approach is about putting you, the athlete, at the centre of everything we do. We break down the legalese into plain language and focus on practical solutions that protect and amplify your brand.

Reach out today, and let’s take your brand to the next level together.

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Commercial Partnerships

At Spencer Churchill, you’ll discover a clearer path through the complexities of commercial partnerships in sports. Whether you’re a team, an athlete, or a business connected to the sporting world, you’ll benefit from tailored legal guidance that simplifies complex legal matters. Our services are designed to meet your needs, from robust contracts to sponsorship deals.

Our in-depth knowledge of sports law spans from player contracts and employment issues to broadcast rights management—all aimed at boosting your profits and ensuring compliance.

We efficiently resolve disputes and litigation, freeing you up to do what you do best. Whether dealing with marketing regulations, social media, or commercial strategies, our advice is tailored to foster long-lasting partnerships and growth.

Choosing Spencer Churchill means working with a team that transforms legal challenges into opportunities for partnership. We demystify legal jargon and keep you informed every step of the way. With us, you gain a strategic ally dedicated to your success in the sports world.

Let us handle the legal details while you excel in your sports endeavours. Get in touch today to explore how we can support your aspirations in the sports industry.

Why Choose Spencer Churchill for Disciplinary Hearings in Sports?

Disciplinary Hearings

Our team are experts in sports law and can provide tailored and effective legal representation for athletes, coaches, and sports organisations. We specialise in safeguarding your rights and interests, from fair disciplinary hearings to resolving contractual disputes, so your unique case needs are met.

At Spencer Churchill, we understand the unique challenges and pressures of the sports sector. Our mission is to provide you with the legal support to navigate disciplinary hearings and other legal hurdles so you can focus on what you do best.

Reach out today to see how we can help safeguard your career and reputation in the competitive world of sports.

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Kit Supply Contracts

Securing the right kit supply contracts is key; they lay the foundation for long-term partnerships between sports teams and manufacturers. Whether you’re a football club, a sports governing body, or a leading sports brand, understanding the nuances of these contracts can make a big difference.

These contracts cover everything from the design and manufacture of the kits to their delivery and potential issues like quality control. Given the visibility of sports apparel, these agreements also often touch on branding, licensing, and sponsorship.

The proper kit supply agreement can boost sports organisations’ brand visibility and fan engagement. For manufacturers, these contracts open doors to new markets and ensure regular orders, making them a major part of the sports supply chain.

You must carefully negotiate terms that protect your interests, manage risks, and create growth opportunities. This includes intellectual property rights, termination clauses, and both parties’ obligations.

How can Spencer Churchill help?

At Spencer Churchill, we understand that dealing with kit supply contracts might seem complicated at times. That’s why we’re here to make things easy. We specialise in simplifying complex legal matters and are committed to helping our clients achieve their goals with minimal fuss.

By working closely with you, we make sure you’re always informed and confident in your decisions. Let Spencer Churchill be your partner in crafting agreements that meet your immediate needs and your long-term goals.

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Intermediary agreements and mandates

We understand that the world of sports isn’t just about talent on the pitch—it’s also about vital connections and agreements. That’s why we’re here to help with the complex world of intermediary agreements and mandates within sports.

A detailed regulatory landscape governs sports intermediaries (agents), players, and clubs. Recent regulations have dramatically changed the scene, allowing more people to act as intermediaries, provided they register at the national level. This shift and specific regulations from bodies like FIFA have reshaped how agreements and disputes are handled.

How can Spencer Churchill Help?

At Spencer Churchill, we’re your partners in understanding the evolving world of sports intermediary agreements. Our aim is to make complex legal matters understandable and manageable for you. Whether it’s grasping the implications of FIFA’s regulations, or guiding you through dispute resolution, we’re here to clear the path for your success.

Sports can be a fast-paced world, and the legal aspects surrounding it are no different. But you don’t have to tackle this alone. Let Spencer Churchill be your guide, so your agreements are solid, your disputes are handled smoothly, and your focus remains on winning, both on and off the pitch.

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Image rights, endorsement and sponsorship

At Spencer Churchill, we’re all about making the legal side of sports—like sponsorships, endorsements, and image rights—as straightforward and beneficial for you as possible. These areas are big deals in sports, bringing in money and helping to get athletes and organisations noticed.

But, they can be tricky waters to tread without the right legal advice to ensure everything’s set up correctly and everyone’s interests are considered.

The legal landscape here can be a bit of a patchwork, but we have the expertise to navigate it, so you’re protected across the board. Whether it’s through trademarks, copyright, or privacy laws, we’ve got your back.

We’re here to ensure that all the legal stuff—contracts, rights, you name it—is handled so you can focus on your game. We keep things clear and straightforward so you always know where you stand. Let us take the legal headaches off your plate so you can concentrate on what you do best.

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Image Rights Structure & Agreements

Image rights in sports extend beyond your name or face; they include your nickname, voice, signature, and more. At Spencer Churchill, we help you maximise your image rights, keeping things simple and understandable.

We’re here to give you the best advice on your image rights agreements so you can relax knowing everything’s being handled.

And if you’re playing in different countries, we’ve got you covered there too. Image rights in the UK or abroad can get tricky, but we know the ropes. We help you play it smart internationally so your image rights strategy brings out the best in your brand and complies with international law.

Why Spencer Churchill?

Image rights involve more than legal know-how; it demands a partner as invested in your success as you are. At Spencer Churchill, we pride ourselves on being that partner. We make the complex simple, focusing on your needs and goals. Our approach is all about keeping you informed and confident every step of the way.

From setting up your image rights to crafting agreements that work hard for you, we’re here to help your personal brand flourish. Ready to maximise your image rights? Let’s see how we can work together to make your brand as successful as your career.

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Merchandising Rights

At Spencer Churchill, we get how important merchandising rights are in the sports world. It’s all about making your brand shine and connecting with fans, whether it’s through a cool jersey or a digital game.

Our team is all about diving into the nitty-gritty of sports merchandising laws to keep your brand safe and help it grow. We’re talking about ensuring your brand’s protected all over the globe and making the most out of every deal, whether for a physical product or something cool online.

Are you keen to see how we can help your brand knock it out of the park?

Give us a shout. We’re ready to team up and make things happen.

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Player Contracts

At Spencer Churchill, we recognise these challenges and are committed to bridging the gap between legal hurdles and sporting success. Our approach combines deep industry knowledge with a flexible, athlete-focused legal strategy.

By understanding the unique needs and aspirations of those we represent, from professional athletes to international sports federations, we tailor our services to handle the complexities of sports law with precision.

Our in-depth legal services are specifically designed for the sports industry, offering expert legal help in:

  • Player contracts
  • Transfers
  • Image rights
  • Sponsorship
  • Broadcasting deals
  • Cross-border travel


Our proactive problem-solving approach focuses on maintaining amicable relations and protecting reputations, all while maximising financial outcomes.

With Spencer Churchill, athletes and sports organisations can focus on their passion and performance, confident they have a dedicated team of legal professionals safeguarding their interests and propelling them towards tremendous success.

Join us at Spencer Churchill, where your legal challenges become our victories, and together, we elevate your career to new heights.

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Player Agent Representation

Representation agreements are the backbone of the professional relationship between player and agent. They set the stage for a transparent, mutually beneficial partnership, so everyone’s expectations are clear and legal protections are in place.

Whether you’re an up-and-coming talent, an established professional, or a club wanting to grasp certain matters of player representation, our team is dedicated to simplifying the process.

Why work with Spencer Churchill for your player-agent representation?

You will get clear, straightforward advice that cuts through the legal jargon, so you grasp every aspect of your representation agreement, including the specifics of each clause.

While standard templates provide a good foundation, one size doesn’t fit all. Your representation agreement is customised to meet your unique needs, promoting fair and flexible compliance with regulations.

You will fully understand the duration of your agreement and the conditions under which you can terminate it, helping you steer clear of any unexpected issues. The terms of your financial arrangements, such as payments and commissions, are made transparent and fair to you.

Additionally, you will receive expert guidance on managing your valuable image rights effectively. We explain the legal jurisdiction of your agreement and offer ongoing support and evaluation to adapt to your changing needs, securing your future.

Let us streamline your player-agent representation contracts so you can focus on the bigger things.

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Player Transfer Agreements

Whether you’re a rising star or an established athlete, a club in the top-tier leagues or nurturing talent in the lower divisions, we’re here to make sure your player transfer agreements are straightforward, fair, and tailored to your success.

Our legal services within sports are as dynamic as the industry itself, covering everything, including:

  • Drafting and reviewing player contracts
  • Advising on league agreements
  • Managing local and international transfers
  • Fine-tuning bonus schemes
  • Tackling image rights and Third-Party Ownership (TPO) regulations.

At Spencer Churchill, we understand the unique pressures and opportunities of the sports world. Our legal experts are your partners in crafting agreements that serve your best interests, focusing on clarity, fairness, and your long-term success.

We tackle the complex stuff so you can focus on what you do best – whether that’s scoring goals, coaching champions, or building a team that’s as strong off the field as it is on it. Let’s work together to make sure your transfer agreements are as solid as your performance, securing a winning future for you and your team.

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Sponsorship & Endorsement Agreements

From Coca-Cola’s groundbreaking Olympic Games sponsorship to today’s influencer promotions, sponsorship and endorsement deals have always been pivotal in boosting brand visibility and supporting athletes. These agreements forge partnerships rooted in mutual growth.

At Spencer Churchill, our approach to sponsorship and endorsement deals is rooted in a blend of legal expertise and a genuine commitment to your brand’s growth. We simplify these agreements for you, ensuring every detail is precise and works in your favour, from the first draft to the final version.

But our support doesn’t stop at the contract. We believe in creating lasting relationships beyond the paperwork, focusing on your long-term ambitions, safeguarding your interests, and helping your success. Sponsorship and endorsement agreements are the foundation of future growth, and at Spencer Churchill, we’re by your side every step of the way.

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Sports Governance

The complex realm of sports governance becomes a breeze with our guidance. If you’re leading a medium-sized company or an innovative start-up in the sports sector, our support simplifies everything, helping you stay compliant with all the rules.

By offering clear, easy-to-follow advice from renowned experts such as Sport England and UK Sport, we’ll assist you in every step, from establishing your organisation to meeting the right governance standards keeping your focus on success and growth.

This is all about setting you up for success, plain and simple.

Winning trust and attracting investment hinges on good governance, and that’s precisely where you benefit the most. Tailored to match your objectives and the unique challenges you encounter, our support ensures you effortlessly navigate through the governance tiers, from meeting Tier 1’s essential requirements to mastering the more demanding criteria of Tier 3.

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Brand Protection

Your brand is more than a symbol or image—it embodies your team’s spirit, passion, and identity. Protecting this brand identity is vital, as trademarks safeguard your brand from imitation and keep it standing out.

However, sports branding continues beyond traditional trademarks. It extends to innovative aspects such as motions, sounds, and unique colour combinations that require careful legal consideration to prove distinctiveness and secure protection.

In today’s digital marketplace, proactive online brand protection strategies are essential. At Spencer Churchill, we monitor various platforms to detect and act against counterfeit products to maintain the integrity and value of your sports brand.

As your legal partner, we simplify sports brand protection, safeguarding your brand’s assets, securing trademark protection, and implementing cutting-edge strategies against counterfeiting.

Clear away the fog of complex sports law with Spencer Churchill; let’s work together to keep your brand in the lead.

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Disputes in Golf

When it comes to legal disputes in golf, it’s always best to address these issues where they arise, aiming for a local resolution within the golf club itself.

Clubs need clear rules and procedures for disputes that escalate to disciplinary matters. This includes ensuring accused members are fully informed of the accusations, hearings are conducted impartially, and everyone involved can present their side fairly. This contractual relationship between clubs and members is key, as clubs must adhere to their rules in dispute situations.

While England Golf provides oversight, it does not typically intervene in individual club disputes. It offers guidance and handles broader issues, leaving clubs to manage their day-to-day challenges. If you’re unsatisfied with a club-level resolution, appeals might be possible, though this varies by region, and there’s no automatic right to appeal.

Getting through this doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Spencer Churchill is here to make legal matters straightforward and manageable. Whether you need help establishing fair procedures or resolving a dispute, we are your dedicated partner in simplifying your golf dispute.

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Tournament Contracts

Tournament contracts are standard in sports, serving as the legal framework that defines professional and commercial relationships between athletes and event organisers.

They cover everything from participation terms and endorsements to appearance fees and performance requirements. They also make sure that the rules of engagement are clear, safeguarding both the athletes’ interests and the sport’s integrity.

These agreements also tackle key legal considerations such as intellectual property rights, confidentiality, and the specifics of dispute resolution. For high-profile athletes, this can often include clauses for appearance fees and detailed terms about sponsorships, which manage how an athlete’s image is promoted and protected throughout the tournament.

At Spencer Churchill, you’ll find the complexities of sports law made simple. As an athlete, agent, or organising body, you get clear, actionable guidance tailored to support your goals and protect your legal rights. When you partner with our expert team, the intricacies of tournament contracts become straightforward, allowing you to keep your focus where it matters most—on the game.

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