Sports Law

Our top-ranked lawyers offer a full range of contentious and non-contentious legal services for sports people, agencies, teams and regulatory bodies.

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Kingsley Napley has a long history of representing high profile individuals, teams and regulators within the sports industry. Our top-ranked lawyers from across 11 practice areas offer a full range of contentious and non-contentious legal services for sports people and bodies, meaning that all legal requirements can be managed by one high-performing and discreet team of lawyers who are as passionate about sport as they are law. 

Our clients tell us that our ability to quickly compile a trusted team of lawyers across various practice areas to specifically suit their (often urgent) requirements is  a significant competitive strength.

Few law firms can compete with Kingsley Napley’s established legal enterprise for those in the sports industry – either in terms of breadth of offering or quality of service. Whether our clients are seeking legal advice regarding sports and media contracts, regulatory issues, employment, reputation, taxcriminal or family issues, our lawyers offer unrivalled expertise. We are involved in cases regarding a wide range of sports and our proven record specifically includes:

  • Motor racing
  • Football
  • Equestrian sports and breeding
  • Hockey and Ice Hockey
  • Basketball
  • Gambling
  • Anti-doping
  • Sports  and media rights
  • e-Sport

recent work

  • Acting for internationally famous motor racing drivers in respect of all aspects of their career including their contracts with their racing teams, media rights, regulatory matters and any personal issues arising.
  • Acting for a prominent international footballer in respect of negotiations and finalisation of his contract with his premier league club.
  • Acting for well-known football agencies in respect of their contracts with their footballers.
  • Acting for football managers and footballers in respect of disciplinary proceedings.
  • Acting for footballers, football agents and managers in respect of FA Rule K Arbitration proceedings.
  • Acting for sporting professionals (most recently footballers and Olympic athletes) in confidential and sensitive divorce proceedings  and in respect of financial arrangements for children.
  • Acting for high profile sporting individuals in respect of high value residential sales and purchases.  
  • Acting for directors and boards of leisure and sports companies to help them meet their safeguarding and regulatory obligations.
  • Acting for sporting professionals in respect of UK anti-doping procedures.
  • Acting for regulatory bodies in respect of  matters concerning their functions and operations, including disciplinary schemes and good governance arrangements.
  • Acting for regulatory bodies in the drafting of their rules and regulations.


In the press


What clients and directories say

Ryan Mowat 'loves nothing better than turning a difficult case into a winner'"

Legal 500 UK, 2019

Covering 'a broad range of sports work', the team at Kingsley Napley LLP has 'a very deep understanding of the sector'"

Legal 500 UK, 2019

Group head Sue Thackeray has 'an unrivalled knowledge of motorsports', and 'marries a broad legal knowledge with a disarming manner – the other side doesn't know it's been hit 'til it's on the floor'"

Legal 500 UK, 2019


Legal 500 UK, 2019



Reputation and Media

Protecting our clients’ reputation and maintaining control when they are the subject of media scrutiny is what we do.

Media Crisis Management

We have a long history of acting in high profile matters. When a crisis or potential crisis hits, clients and their advisors turn to us.

Corporate, Commercial & Finance

Our corporate and commercial lawyers combine strong technical expertise with a track record in delivering flexible and creative solutions.

Private Client

We are an internationally recognised private client team working with entrepreneurs, business owners, investors and City professionals.

Real Estate & Construction

Our firm has advised in property transactions for over 75 years, acting for a variety of clients across the real estate and construction sector.


Our team of highly experienced lawyers provide advice on regulatory compliance, investigations, adjudication, enforcement and prosecutions.


Our specialist team has been advising businesses and individuals on all aspects of UK immigration and nationality law for over 20 years.

Family and Divorce

Recognised nationally and internationally as one of the best family law teams for our expertise in both finance and cases relating to children.


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Sexual Offences

We deal with the highest profile and most sensitive cases, providing expert advice and support to both individuals and companies.

Tax Investigations

A tax investigation by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) could have serious implications for you and your business.

Criminal Defence and Police Investigations

From police station representation and advice to restraint and confiscation proceedings, we are proactive in achieving the best outcomes.

Sport Insights

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eSports vs. the Law

Throwing a spanner into football’s European Super League plans using immigration laws

World Anti-Doping Agency confirms Russia misses doping deadline

Another knockout blow for streaming servers?

Paying a sacked sports manager

Non-Disclosure Agreements – preventing media intrusion when finding your home

Could Brexit send Geraint Thomas into a spin?

Russia 2018: the ugly face of the beautiful game

Love Island and your professional obligations

A change of course? Pondering the future of golf in Brexit Britain

Brexit: Does it signify a crash for Formula 1?

Brexit: Tackling the issues of EU withdrawal

Brexit: A racing uncertainty

Protecting Athletes - Restoring legal parity between Anti-Doping Authorities and Athletes

Kingsley Napley Clinical Negligence team attends the RDA National Championships

Spinal Injuries in Sports

#IamSuperHuman – Fighting the stigma of “Disability”

Horse Riding and Spinal Injuries

Sport- Safety or Success?

Harris v Miller – are the floodgates open for personal injury claims being brought against horse owners?

Football abuse scramble has begun

A sporting (second) chance

Rugby World Cup: tackling corruption

Paula Radcliffe – drug abuse or abuse of parliamentary privilege?

“Dirty Leeds” email lands executive in big trouble

It’s celebrity autobiography season – what to do if you are libelled in a book

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