"Play by the rules, but be ferocious."
We advise and act for National Sporting Organisations, State Sporting Organisations, sponsors, broadcasters, leagues and competitions, athletes, and major event operators.
We are sports specialists, regularly advising clients on a range of corporate and commercial legal issues at play in their sector, including the following:
Sports Law: we advise and assist on sports M&A, IP, sponsorships, media rights, capital raising, corporate, commercial transactions, contracts, governance, policy development, and other legal issues.
Sports Integrity: we deliver integrity reviews, policy development, investigations, and reports.
Sports Consulting: we help with research, strategy, planning and the execution of commercialisation and growth programs.
Sports Education: we work with sporting organisations to ensure their teams are trained up and compliant in legal and integrity issues.
Demonstrated Recent Experience
US-based private equity firm – sports M&A
Acting for a US ownership group on their investment into the 'Brisbane Bullets' National Basketball League (NBL) franchise from the NBL. (Work completed while employed at DWF Australia)
New South Wales Rugby League Ltd – general sports law
Advising the governing body of Rugby League in NSW & the ACT on various
tribunal, governance, competition, and privacy issues. I have acted as Judiciary
Counsel, re-drafted the standard Player Contracts, drafted the League’s ‘Working
with Children’ policy, incorporated a new district junior rugby league body, and
advised on an esports project. (Some work completed while employed at DWF Australia)
Basketball Australia – sports disputes
Advised the national governing body of basketball in Australia on submissions to
the international sporting federation, FIBA, in relation to charges resulting form the
‘Basket Brawl’ incident in a World Cup Qualifier game held in Manilla, Philippines
in July 2018. Charges included rule violations, player misconduct, and
integrity/bringing the game into disrepute. (Work completed while employed at DWF Australia)
State Sporting Organisations – tribunals, governance, and integrity
Acting as an independent tribunal president for Swimming NSW on a member
protection matter against a coach in regional NSW. Advising Hockey NSW on a
member protection matter on appeal regarding a regional club officer. Advising
Women’s’ Bowls NSW on governance, gender policies, and a member dispute.
National Sporting Organisation
Consulting to a NSO on a research project in relation to their IP Licensing strategy.
Acting for individual athletes as a Player Manager and Athlete Representative on playing opportunities, player contracts, brand sponsorships and endorsements, and deal negotiations.
Brands and Rights Holders
Brand and Product Management experience working in global brands in the tourism and hospitality, logistics, and automotive sectors on sports sponsorships and athlete endorsements.