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Sports Law

The newly formed Sports Law Department at Ellis Jones includes a number of our specialist lawyers who have extensive experience in dealing with all sports-related matters. The Head of the Department, David McWilliam has recently completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Sports Law at De Montfort University, Leicester.

David McWilliam, Sports Injury Solicitor

David has over 20 years’ experience as a Solicitor practicing Personal injury Law and in that time has dealt with a range of different sporting injury claims and cases.

He now sits as an Independent Disciplinary Panel Member at Dorset Football Association dealing with disciplinary hearings and is also a Games Programme Monitor for the English Football League (EFL). He is also a member of the British Association for Sport and Law (BASL).

Within the Sports Law Department, David’s particular focus is on all disciplinary disputes for individual athletes, teams, organisations and Governing Bodies as well as his long established work on sport injury claims.

Legal Advice & Support for a Range of Sporting Issues

We can provide advice and support on any of the following sporting issues:

  • Player contracts
  • Disciplinary matters
  • Intermediary/Agents Regulations
  • Matrimonial matters
  • Residential sales & property purchases
  • Criminal Defence work – motor offences, criminal charges
  • Image Rights, Brand Protection & Intellectual Property
  • Sponsorship Agreements
  • Fundraising & Charity Work
  • Event Management
  • Discrimination
  • Anti-Doping
  • Private client – wills & tax issues
  • Employment issues
  • Equine Law

  • Specialist Solicitors for all Kinds of Sports & Games

    Across the Department, we are able to provide specialist legal advice on any sporting discipline and our expertise covers:

    • Football
    • Golf
    • Basketball
    • Cricket
    • Athletics
    • Disability Sports
    • Rugby
    • Canoeing
    • Triathlon
    • Swimming
    • Netball
    • Snooker
    • Cycling
    • Tennis
    • Equestrian
    • Motor Racing
    • Horse Racing
    • Speedway
    • Boxing

    We have dealt with both Premiership and Championship footballers, advising them on a number of sporting issues issues including contracts, image rights and motoring offences. Our team has also provided trade mark advice for a professional women’s cricket team, branding and trade mark advice for a number of sport magazines to include drafting shareholders agreements, prepared employment contracts for soccer schools and golf clubs and advised a number of sporting charities.

    If you need to speak to us, please call our Head of Department, David McWilliam on 01202 057710 or email sportslaw@ellisjones.co.uk.

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