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Family Law Guidance For Athletes – How Assets Are Divided Upon Divorce

This is the third in a series of articles exploring key family law issues facing athletes over the course of their careers. It explores the process of divorce and separation in ...

Freezing Orders: A Landmark New Judgement On NFTs From UK Courts

Digital ownership of cryptoassets has brought with it an exponential growth in engagement and monetisation. Indeed, the Non-Fungible Token (NFT) market exploded in 2021, growing...
Football Locker Room

Name Image & Likeness: Why U.S High School Athletes May Sue Over Rights Restrictions

The past year has been a whirlwind of activity in the area of name, image, and likeness rights (NIL) for U.S. college athletes, with athletes around the country cashing in for t...
Cricketer Forward Dive

The Need For Clear & Unequivocal Rules On Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ECB V Tom Wood)

The recent decision in England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) v Tom Wood shines a light on the need for clear and unequivocal rules concerning therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs)...
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Family Law Guidance For Athletes – The Importance Of Pre & Post Nuptial Agreements

This is the second in a series of articles exploring key family law issues facing athletes over the course of their careers. This article focuses on nuptial agreements and is re...
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Family Law Guidance For Athletes – The Legal Position Of Unmarried Couples On Separation

Tammy Knox, Laura Hunter Watkins and Hannah Hayward, family law specialists at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, have prepared a series of articles highlighting the key considerat...
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How Italy Has Reshaped Tax Incentives To Attract Professional Athletes

Italy is currently well-rated as a privileged destination for professional sportspersons. In 2019, a special regulation to attract athletes from abroad by improving inward cros...
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The Lifecycle Of An International Athlete - Key UK Income Tax Considerations For Non-Residents

This blog in our series for international athletes explains the key legal points regarding taxation that should be considered when coming to compete in the UK. Specifically, it ...
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A guide to solidarity payments in football under the FIFA Regulations

This article considers the operation of Article 21 of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP)[1], which provides as follows: “If a professional is tra...
Horse Race Betting

Betting Errors – Paddy Power Case Highlights Importance Of Fair Exclusion Clauses

The recent English High Court case of Longley v PBB Entertainment1provides an interesting analysis of the principles of offer and acceptance and the doctrine of mistake. T...
Sports Lawyer

Sports Lawyer In Spotlight: Roberto De Palma Barracco

Roberto de Palma Barracco is an attorney, mediator and arbitrator focused on the lifestyle industries - especially sports, art, entertainment, fashion and food. He is a leading ...
Rugby Scrum

Not A Level Playing Field: Drafting And Interpreting Force Majeure Clauses Post Covid-19

Why are the  European Professional Club Rugby v RDA Television1  and  Football Association Premier League v PPLive Sports International2  cases of interest? ...
China

Annual Review on Sports Dispute Resolution in China

Table of Contents Table of Contents Table Of Contents Part 1. Overview Part 2. Major Updates Of Laws, Regulations, And Other Policy Documents In The Sports Sector 2...
Footballer

Trade Marks In Sport: Ronaldinho & Henry Case Shows How To Raise ‘Bad Faith Objections’

Bad faith has been a hot topic in UK and EU trade mark matters in recent years - not least in the sports world where recent prominent cases have concerned the football superstar...
Horse racing on track

How The Horseracing Integrity & Safety Authority Will Change The Horseracing Industry

The establishment of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) marked a major change in the regulation of safety and anti-doping in the horseracing industry. HISA re...

Athlete Investors: How To Structure Rights In An Early Stage Venture Deal

This article provides insights into a recent trend popular among athletes: the rise of the athlete tech investor.  It takes a high-level look at the various structures tha...
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A Guide To UK Tax Rules For Overseas Sports Stars

Ordinarily, those temporarily visiting the UK to carry out work duties via employment or self-employment do not suffer UK taxation – or they are at least usually protected from ...
Crypto

Advertising “cryptoassests” the right way - lessons from the Arsenal ASA ruling

Cryptoassets (including Fan Tokens, digital currencies) have enjoyed an enormous surge in popularity over the past 12 months, which has given rise to both caution and intrigue i...
Football Law Conference

A Review Of LawInSport’s Football Conference 2022: Key Lessons For The Sector

As a full member of LawInSport, I regularly read articles encapsulating the essence of law in a sports context. I was drawn to their events section where they announced that the...
Football Player

Key Strategies For Investors In Brazilian Football

In 2021, a new “Football Corporations Law” (Federal Law 14.193/2021)1 was enacted in Brazil aiming to create the legal framework for Brazilian football clubs – which continue to...
FIFA RSTP Commentary 2021

Your Guide To FIFA’s Commentary On The RSTP

On 10 November 2021, FIFA published the 2021 Commentary (Commentary) on the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of the Players (Regulations). The last edition of the Com...
Brazil

Why Brazil’s New Football Corporations Law may change club football?

Although there were no legal restrictions for Brazilian football clubs to be incorporated as companies – in fact at least since 1998 there was an express authorization for that ...
Cricket

The Importance Of Early Reporting & Preserving Evidence: Lessons From The Brendan Taylor Cricket Corruption Case

On 28 January 2022, the International Cricket Council (ICC) published two decisions relating to Brendan Taylor1, a former member of Zimbabwe’s national cricket team, banning him...
Ohio

Ohio State University Trademark “THE” – Their Sports Rallying Cry

The Ohio State University has successfully obtained a trademark registration for the word “THE,” which has been the university’s moniker and rallying cry at sporting events for ...
Football

Agents, clubs and players: a breakdown of the complicated tax relationship in Spanish football

Intermediaries in football have become one of the most important elements in determining whether a transfer materialises or not. It is they who have the trust of players and clu...
Show Jumper Horse

How The 2022 EU VAT Directive Affects The Equestrian Sector

The VAT (Value Added Tax) legislation of the Member States of the European Union, including setting the VAT rates, is based on the European VAT directive 2006/112/EC. Member Sta...
Goalkeeper

Challenging Appointment Of Arbitrators: Swiss Federal Tribunal's Decision Highlights Uniqueness Of Sports

4A_520/2021, judgment of March 4, 2022 , A v. FIFA, motion to set aside the CAS Award of 31 August 2021 (CAS 2019/A/6344). This important judgment of the Swiss Federal Supreme ...
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Privacy Breach: Why LaLiga Was Fined For Its Audio-Collecting App

The Spanish High Court, Audiencia Nacional, has upheld the €250,000 fine imposed on La Liga by the Spanish data protection authority (AEPD). The fine was for failing to provide ...
Scales of justice

Safeguarding Proceedings - How To Balance The Rights Of The Accused With Treatment Of The Abused?

Safeguarding practice is about protecting and promoting wellbeing. It encompasses a wide variety of actions that are designed both to protect individuals from abuse and maltreat...
Rugby Player

Broadcasting Tenders: How Rugby World Cup Beat A Competition Law Challenge

The French Commercial Court has vindicated Rugby World Cup Limited’s tender process in relation to the award of broadcasting rights for the Men’s Rugby World Cup 2023 in France1...

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