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  • Legal 500, 2015
  • Chambers UK, 2016

Sports organisations

Farrers are the paradigm of a governing body firm: they understand exactly how governing bodies work and are excellent

Chambers UK

As one of London’s leading sports law practices, we have a highly rated understanding of the sports sector, and currently act for a wide range of national and international governing bodies, sports and recreational associations and sports clubs. We are rated particularly highly for our regulatory and commercial expertise.

Our Sports Group draws together specialists who operate in the sports industry from across the firm’s practice areas. The group consists of highly experienced and “rated” individuals who together form one of London’s top sports law practices – as recognised by both leading legal directories; Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500.

In the main we advise national governing bodies and sports clubs on the complex legal issues they face. Our clients include, amongst others, British Rowing, the British Olympic Association, the Lawn Tennis Association, the Rugby Football Union, the MCC and UK Athletics. We are proud that these relationships stretch back over many years, which we believe is testament to the service we provide.


Our experience

Recent examples include advising:

  • On two London 2012 CAS Appeals (selection and doping)
  • UK Athletics in relation to selection appeals submitted by Olympic and Paralympic athletes prior to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as the selection and de-selection of athletes from the World Class Performance Programme
  • The Lawn Tennis Association on the financing related to its high performance centre, coach educational centre and indoor tennis grant contracts
  • The British Olympic Association in relation to its dispute with LOCOG
  • The Rugby Football Union in relation to a series of high profile media and employment issues
  • On the establishment of the organising company set up to organise and stage the World Athletics Championships 2017
  • UK Athletics on its anti-doping policies and enforcement procedures, including its relationship with UK Anti-Doping
  • The Rugby Football Union on its agreement with Premier Rugby Limited and the Guiness Premiership clubs to govern the professional game in England until 2016
  • UK Athletics on its Selection Policies and Appeals Procedures for the London 2012 Olympics
  • The LTA on its Selection Policies for Player Funding and the Player Funding Contract
  • On various anti-bribery/anti-corruption policies and rules for adoption by NGBs
  • On the creation of legal structures for legacy programmes related to major sporting events, including the establishment of the II Foundation, London 2012's official international sports legacy programme
  • Advising national governing bodies on charity-based structures for community programmes and on the relationship between the NGB and charity
  • Incorporating a number of regional and county associations and sports clubs (particularly in rugby, football and tennis)


26 November 2015 Inn the Field of Play November 2015 Julian Pike
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26 November 2015 Inn the Field of Play November 2015 Julian Pike
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23 October 2015 Inn the Field of Play – October 2015 Emma-Christine O'Keefe
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