Each sport has varying arrangements regarding organising and regulatory bodies and competition standards at a national and international level. Trends in the sector include an ongoing commercialisation of sports team brands and sports personalities and significant stadia development projects throughout the country based on the popularity of sporting events. Tax incentives for qualifying sports people has been key to retaining sports people in Ireland.
We are recognised internationally and nationally as the market leader for sports law in Ireland. Our sports group works with more of the major organisations involved in the promotion, regulation and business of professional and non-professional levels sport in Ireland than any other law firm in Ireland. Our team has a deep understanding of the complexities and nuances of the governance, promotion and business of sport.
We provide our sports clients with a comprehensive service and clear advice customised to their distinct needs and requirements in relation to sport law issues including sponsorship agreements and rights, intellectual property protection and exploitation, commercial property and infrastructure projects, employment issues, health and safety matters, grievance and disciplinary procedures, anti-doping regulations and prosecutions, administration and membership issues, dispute resolution and the structuring and enforcement of sport rules and regulations.
We represent and advise numerous businesses and sports organisations on a daily basis in relation to sport law issues, including:
- Cricket Ireland
- Croke Park
- Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA)
- Gaelic Players Association (GPA)
- Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU)
- Leinster Rugby
- National Sport Campus Development Authority
- General sports law Sponsorship
- Merchandising & events
- Intellectual property protection and exploitation
- Naming rights agreements
- Product endorsement
- Licensing agreements
- Ambush marketing
- Personality and image rights
- Broadcasting rights and media agreements
- Competition issues
- Event management
- Disciplinary proceedings
- Sports rules and regulation enforcement
- Administration and membership issues
- Health & safety
- Anti-doping regulations and prosecutions
- Commercial property
- Infrastructure projects
- Employment & benefits, freedom of movement, equality & discrimination
Edward Evans has a 'strong all-round knowledge' and 'offers client-friendly advice'.
Edward Evans is an 'Industry stand-out'