Sports Law Overview

Our lawyers have acted for a variety of clubs, sportspersons, sports apparel companies, sponsors, broadcasters and high-net-worth individuals in the sports industry. We advise our clients across a number of key legal areas.

Our language skills of French, Spanish and German, with our associate offices throughout Europe allow us to advise clients in multi-jurisdictional matters.

Some of the key areas of advice we provide are listed below.


We regularly advise sportsmen on their playing contracts and off-field agreements, including matters relating to sponsorship, TV appearances and any business pursuits. If we haven’t drafted the agreement ourselves, we will review it and provide advice. Following that, we will negotiate on behalf of our client to make sure they achieve the best possible deal, and that their interests are fully protected.

Employment disputes

Sport has a very unique relationship with employment law. Due to the structure of player transfers and player obligations, a specialist knowledge is required to handle employment related matters in sport. We are familiar with those nuances and are able to advise our clients accordingly.

Intellectual property

Sportspeople will often create their own brand to sell products. We advise our clients on trade mark protection and enforcement as well as other areas of intellectual property law.

Corporate and tax

The corporate structure of a business, including the way an individual earns, can lead to considerable tax savings. De Beristain Wallace regularly advises clients on their tax structures to ensure that their tax affairs are as structured as efficiently possible.

Sale/Purchase of clubs

We regularly represent buyers and sellers of companies, and are used to the pressures of such a transaction from the early rounds of negotiation and heads of terms through to the post-completion obligations.