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Sports Law Guide

Interested in working in sports law? This page will aim to give a brief overview of this legal practice area in England and Wales.

What is Sports Law?

Sports law would be best described as the application of the law to a sporting context. It has been known to incorporate acts and case law, from areas of law including but not limited to: 

Unlike areas such as conveyancing, criminal or family law, sports law cannot necessarily be described as an individual entity that you can train in. Rather than being able to simply study and qualify in in the subject, you would need to have a working knowledge of various legal specialties.

Sports Law in England & Wales

In the latter part of the 19th Century, courts began to accept that sport in any form cannot continue to exist without checks or regulations. Some commentators would seek to argue the law stops at the touchline but the actions of both Parliament and judges make clear that the law can and must regulate spectators and sportspeople.

The law has faced problems for example when examining on-field violence, with judges debating whether the conduct falls short of the law or is, in fact, acceptable within the confines of the sporting arena.    

The following acts give a brief overview of this legal area:

How to Get into Sports Law

To give yourself the best chance of starting a career in the field, you should:

Sports Law Salaries

There are no fixed salaries for solicitors and sports law salaries will inevitably vary based on the firm’s size and location. The most up-to-date figures according to the Law Society indicate that in 2018, the recommended annual salaries were as follows: 

Where barristers are concerned, they are seen to have more specialist knowledge, allowing them to out-earn solicitors by a significant margin. That being said they are self-employed and work can be sporadic, whereas solicitors are guaranteed a regular salary. 

Sports Law Firms

Some firms in and out of London that deal with the subject are as follows:

Relevant Books

Sports LawSimon Gardiner, John O’Leary, Roger Welch, Simon Boyes and Urvashi Naidoo£35
Law and Sport in Contemporary SocietyLaw and Sport in Contemporary Society£48
Ian HewittSporting Justice: 101 Sporting Encounters with the Law£4

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