Pinsent Masons

Sport Department

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What the team is known for Advises governing bodies, associations and clubs both domestically and internationally on both contentious and non-contentious mandates. Considerable activity in the areas of horseracing and football. Demonstrates expertise in sport finance and investment. Active in matters involving infrastructure for major sporting events and sports clubs including stadium development.

Strengths A client notes: "They have a really strong global reach, know the sport industry inside out and get on top of the issues very quickly. They have the resources to get stuff done."

Work highlights Advised the IAAF on a series of commercial matters surrounding the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Qatar.

Notable practitioners

Julian Diaz-Rainey
focuses on handling commercial and regulatory disputes arising in the world of sport, with particular expertise in football matters having acted on behalf of a series of high-profile clubs and players. Clients say he is "very pragmatic and highly knowledgeable about sports rights and governance."

The "phenomenal"
Trevor Watkins
is a longstanding expert in sports law and regularly acts on behalf of major governing bodies and clubs. According to a client, "Trevor Watkins's truly global reach and respect in world sport is unrivalled."