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Sport — Scotland


Harper Macleod LLP - Sport Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Lerwick and Thurso

What the team is known for Exceptional group of lawyers receiving regular instructions from the biggest names in Scottish and international sport. Trusted to advise on regulatory, disciplinary, litigious and commercial matters, including broadcasting agreements and anti-doping. Handles work for national governing bodies in football, rugby and swimming. Acts for organisers, clubs and individuals on prominent sporting events and tournaments both in Scotland and further afield.

Strengths The department is known among clients to be "a team which is willing to go the extra mile to help us deal with varied and complex issues."

Further sources note: "The relationship we have had is excellent; the advice and the expertise they have and pass on is first-class."

Work highlights Reviewed and revised Scotland's Team Member Agreement and created the selection policies for each of the 17 sports for Commonwealth Games Scotland.

Acted for Scottish Rugby Union on a number of player disciplinary hearings.

Significant clients Scottish Professional Football League, sportscotland, Celtic FC, Glasgow Life, Scottish Swimming.

Notable practitioners

Lorne Crerar is well versed across a range of sports, in particular international rugby. Recently, he has acted as appeals officer for disciplinary matters during World Rugby's involvement in the Rio Olympics.

Bruce Caldow has a wealth of experience within sport law, and acts on high-profile disciplinary matters such as initial hearings and appeals. He represents a varied base of clients, from professionals to amateur players and teams. Clients say: "Bruce provides information, help and guidance which is clear, concise and at our level. He is straight-talking, detailed and available on the end of a telephone."

About the Team (content provided by Harper Macleod LLP)

Recognised as Scotland’s leading sport law firm for more than 25 years, we advise on every aspect of the law as it relates to the sporting world. From individual disciplinary matters to multi-million pound commercial contracts, we offer a complete service – our current role as Official Legal Advisers to the Glasgow 2018 European Championships and previous successful role as legal advisers to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games are testament to that.

Our Sports Law Team brings together a number of dedicated sports law specialists and recognised market leaders, including Scotland's only Eminent Practitioner in Sports Law, Professor Lorne Crerar. This team advises leading sporting competitors and organisations on issues arising at local, national and international levels.

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Anderson Strathern - Sport Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: East Lothian, Edinburgh and Glasgow

What the team is known for Provides a diverse legal skill set for governing bodies, clubs and individuals seeking advice on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Particularly well regarded for its handling of employment and property issues for sports clubs. Involved in contractual matters relating to bids for international sporting events such as the 2017 Badminton World Championships in Glasgow.

Work highlights Advised Cricket Scotland on a range of matters including governance restructuring and employment issues.

Advised Tennis Scotland on the termination of the chief executive's contract and subsequent appointment of a successor.

Significant clients Rangers FC, Scottish Sports Association, Badminton Scotland, Rowing Scotland, Murrayfield Injured Players Foundation.

Notable practitioners

John Kerr has particular expertise in governance and compliance issues. He is skilled in dispute resolution, and has recently advised Gullane Golf Club on a dispute arising from overrun costs.

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Burness Paull - Sport Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow

What the team is known for Prominent sports outfit offering a broad range of legal services for governing bodies, clubs and individuals. Frequently instructed on a wide variety of matters across football. Benefits from multidisciplinary experience of sports mandates including employment and brand protection. Recently appointed to advise Scottish Cycling.

Strengths One client recommends the department for its "creative and dynamic approach," and remarks: "The advice we received was always clear, concise and constructive."

Further sources note: "Burness Paull knows its market and its clients' needs in this area."

Work highlights Acted for Aberdeen FC on its proposal for a new stadium and training ground at Kingsford, Aberdeen, valued £45 million.

Advised on various aspects of the development of Hampden Park Stadium in order to meet requirements for the Euro 2020 football tournament.

Significant clients Scottish Football Association, Scottish Rugby Union, Scottish Cycling, Everton FC, British Association of Snowboard Instructors.

Notable practitioners

Colin Hulme focuses on disputes arising in the sporting sector. Impressed clients note: "Colin Hulme has been a reassuring and solid presence, very much the man who can be turned to in any emergency or crisis."

Neeraj Thomas is heavily involved in a variety of sports mandates relating to rugby, cycling and snowboarding among others. Sources say: "He just goes from strength to strength as a lawyer, an up-and-coming star. Very much one to watch for the future."

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DWF LLP - Sport Department

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第二等

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What the team is known for Consistently instructed on commercial and governance matters by a range of prominent clients, particularly in football and golf. Noted for its employment expertise with experience acting for clubs on various contentious matters. Clients include individuals as well as sports teams and regulatory bodies.

Notable practitioners

Michael McLaughlin is recognised for his long-standing reputation in football-related matters. He is well versed in employment issues affecting players and teams.

Paul Pignatelli is experienced in the corporate aspects of the sport sector and acts for a number of clubs and organisations. Sources single him out as "very solution-oriented, with pragmatic advice which is easy for others to understand."

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP - Sport Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow

What the team is known for Formerly the HBJ Gateley team prior to its recent merger with Addleshaw Goddard, remaining an established group with wide-ranging experience acting for clubs and individuals on football disputes. Continues to build its reputation as regulatory and disciplinary advisers in ice hockey. Handles contractual matters for sports clubs as well as advising on terms and conditions for match tickets.

Notable practitioners

Simon Catto is particularly well regarded for his expertise in football matters. He is experienced handling arbitration as well as acting for clients before the Dispute Resolution Chamber of FIFA. Clients admire his "availability, flexibility and accessibility."

About the Team (content provided by Addleshaw Goddard LLP)

Please visit the Addleshaw Goddard website to find out more about our work in this area: https://www.addleshawgoddard.com/en/specialisms/commercial-services/sport/


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BTO Solicitors LLP - Sport Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- Office locations: Edinburgh and Glasgow

What the team is known for Impressive team of industry experts with particular strength in acting for sports governing bodies. Well versed in football corporate governance issues, including disputes. Additional expertise in the legal aspects of organising sporting events.

Strengths "The team has always been at the end of a telephone call as and when required, which I have always found to be of great comfort," says a client.

Work highlights Advised on the amendment of Royal Troon Golf Club's constitution to admit women into membership.

Advised the Scottish FA on issues relating to the use of Hampden Park for matches at Euro 2020.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Sleigh acts for a number of high-profile clients from the world of sport. He is well known for his expertise in football, golf and boxing and is praised for his technical expertise. One client remarks: "He is invaluable, understands our organisation inside-out and is part of the team."

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Morton Fraser - Sport Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh and Glasgow

What the team is known for Diverse offering with the skills to cover a variety of mandates involving employment, charity, immigration and disciplinary aspects. Especially valued for its advice on high-profile football matters. Acts for governing bodies, individuals and a range of sporting organisations.

Work highlights Represented a football agent based in Scotland in claims against a Scottish Premiership club that had signed one of the agent's players without his involvement.

Significant clients London Scottish International, basketballscotland, Scottish Women's Cricket Association, Boroughmuir RFC, East Kilbride FC.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Iain Young is a key contact for clients.

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Eminent Practitioner

Harper Macleod LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Lorne Crerar is well versed across a range of sports, in particular international rugby. Recently, he has acted as appeals officer for disciplinary matters during World Rugby's involvement in the Rio Olympics.

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Harper Macleod LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Bruce Caldow has a wealth of experience within sport law, and acts on high-profile disciplinary matters such as initial hearings and appeals. He represents a varied base of clients, from professionals to amateur players and teams. Clients say: "Bruce provides information, help and guidance which is clear, concise and at our level. He is straight-talking, detailed and available on the end of a telephone." 

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Band 1

Anderson Strathern

From the Chambers UK guide

John Kerr has particular expertise in governance and compliance issues. He is skilled in dispute resolution, and has recently advised Gullane Golf Club on a dispute arising from overrun costs.

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Band 1

BTO Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Sleigh acts for a number of high-profile clients from the world of sport. He is well known for his expertise in football, golf and boxing and is praised for his technical expertise. One client remarks: "He is invaluable, understands our organisation inside-out and is part of the team."

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Band 2

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Catto is particularly well regarded for his expertise in football matters. He is experienced handling arbitration as well as acting for clients before the Dispute Resolution Chamber of FIFA. Clients admire his "availability, flexibility and accessibility."

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Band 2

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

Colin Hulme focuses on disputes arising in the sporting sector. Impressed clients note: "Colin Hulme has been a reassuring and solid presence, very much the man who can be turned to in any emergency or crisis."

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Band 2

Michael McLaughlin

DWF LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Michael McLaughlin is recognised for his long-standing reputation in football-related matters. He is well versed in employment issues affecting players and teams.

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Band 2

DWF LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul Pignatelli is experienced in the corporate aspects of the sport sector and acts for a number of clubs and organisations. Sources single him out as "very solution-oriented, with pragmatic advice which is easy for others to understand."

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Associates to watch

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

Neeraj Thomas is heavily involved in a variety of sports mandates relating to rugby, cycling and snowboarding among others. Sources say: "He just goes from strength to strength as a lawyer, an up-and-coming star. Very much one to watch for the future." 

^ See whole ranking table