We have extensive experience in acting for clients in the sports and entertainment industries.

Our cross-practice team can assist clients with all industry matters, including:

  • commercial: structuring and negotiating commercial agreements, including media rights, sponsorship and marketing agreements, general contract preparation, standard terms and conditions, and sales and purchases of sporting and entertainment businesses
  • governance: drafting and implementing rules and regulations, structuring and restructuring sporting organisations, competitions and clubs, and advising on director’s duties and governance obligations
  • litigation: commercial and non-commercial disputes and disciplinary matters, including in the Court of Arbitration for Sport
  • intellectual property: licensing of intellectual property rights, copyright protection, trade mark applications, infringements and oppositions
  • property: venue financing arrangements, building and construction projects, hiring, management and usage agreements
  • employment and industrial relations: employment and contractor agreements, workplace strategies, industrial and common law disputes, termination of employment and redundancies, discrimination claims, immigration and visa applications
  • individuals: talent agreements, athlete management advice, employment and sponsorship arrangements, taxation advice and Olympic selection disputes.
  • Advising numerous national sporting organisations (NSOs) on governance, disciplinary matters and commercialisation.
  • Negotiating and drafting documents for the sale of television and new media rights.
  • Negotiating and drafting high-profile, high-value sponsorship agreements for public-listed sponsor companies of sporting teams and for sponsors of national sporting competitions.
  • Advising on estate and tax planning for high-profile individuals in the entertainment and sporting industries.
  • Making submissions to government on behalf of sporting organisations.
  • Acting for sporting organisations and directors in a merger with a national sporting club.
  • Advising purchasers and sellers of NASCAR and V8 Supercar teams.
  • Acting for an Australian subsidiary in the sale of its household sporting brand, as part of the global sales of the sporting goods businesses by its US parent.
  • Licensing intellectual property of sporting organisations.
  • Advising an extreme-sports clothing and equipment brand in relation to start-up and financing arrangements.
  • Acting for the vendor in the sale of a golf club manufacturing business.