Sports & Entertainment Law
Protecting careers and reputations
Professionals in the sports and entertainment industries need a broad spectrum of specialist legal expertise. Our Sports & Entertainment practice covers the full range of intellectual property (IP), employment law, commercial agreements, corporate, property, events and sponsorship, broadcasting, digital advice, competition, antitrust and governance issues.
We act for some of the top names in Australian sports and entertainment, including athletes, stars, organisations, government departments, venues and sponsors. We bring decades of experience and smart practical advice to navigate the complexity of their professions.
When it comes to IP, clients seek our advice on brand protection, sponsorship and licensing, trade mark registration, patents, trade secrets, copyright and enforcement, particularly in the social media/online environment. We also help with athlete and entertainer rights—to deal with defamation and privacy issues.
We work with sports organisations to document player conditions, non-disclosure agreements, leasing and club facilities agreements, management agreements and ambassadorships, player and sponsorship contracts. We provide support with employment, immigration clearance, restraint of trade, workplace safety, and harassment and discrimination issues.
Businesses ask us to assist with all types of insurance, joint venture and shareholder agreements, franchise agreements, purchase and divestment of commercial assets, merchandising agreements, commercial contracts and advertising clearance. We also support e-commerce agreements, venue management agreements and publishing, licensing and distribution deals.
In defamation cases—and with any other issues involving the media—we offer crisis management and pre-publication advice. Where needed, we chair disciplinary tribunals. We also act on behalf of clients involved in competition and fair trading disputes, including defence of ACCC enquiries and proceedings. We are experienced representatives in the Court of Arbitration for Sports matters, dealing with litigation and integrity matters, including gambling and match fixing.
Our digital advice covers cybersquatting, brandjacking, website terms and conditions, Privacy Act compliance and policies, Spam Act compliance and policies, and online publishing deals.