In this sector, commerce and law are intertwined with diverse regulatory frameworks and you need experienced, reliable advisors that understand this niche marketplace. Your legal team have to be ready to act on little or no notice and get it right first time, every time.
“As a long-standing adviser to SGU, Paul Pignatelli and his team at DWF have worked well with us in understanding the unique and challenging issues which affect sporting organisations in a business world. Their assistance was invaluable throughout the discussions behind our historic amalgamation with Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association. Critically their advice not only covers our legal requirements but also consistently adds value to the solution delivered for the SGU.”– Hamish Grey, Scottish Golf Union
Our Sports Group delivers expertise across a broad range of sporting disciplines. Supported by practical experience drawn from legal, regulatory, governance and sporting backgrounds, our sector specialists have represented some of the most recognised names from the sporting world including sportspeople, professional advisers, clubs, associations, regulatory bodies, and other sports organisations.
Our clients trust us to understand this unique and exciting market-place and to operate alongside them in the constantly evolving, fast paced and highly pressurised sports environment. Clients tell us that we listen, advise and act in a way they find reassuring and exceeds their expectations for a commercial legal service.
Our approach combines commercial, straightforward advice, presented by experienced people, with a passion for the sector and business of sport. We are known for delivering on commercial objectives through a combination of legal excellence and industry insight. Our genuine passion for sport puts us in a position to be confident thought leaders and innovators, in an environment where uncertainty is rife.
Where other lawyers may advise from narrow experiences of specific aspects of sport and law, we draw on the wider knowledge and resources of our large commercial law firm. This means that our clients receive advice which reflects the best practice in all commercial sectors, as well as the best practice from within the sports sector itself.
What sets us apart from other Top 20 firms, however, is our dedication. We make it our business to know your business and to become an integral part of your team. We understand the pressures and emotions involved. As a result, our clients trust us to rise to any challenge and to present market-leading legal solutions, first time, every time.
The Scottish Parliament has passed regulations enacting its "deposit return scheme" despite opposition from trade bodies. From July 2022, every time a drink in a single use container is sold in Scotland a 20 pence deposit will be added to its price. We consider some of the additional requirements contained in the final form of the regulations.
In light of the rapid spread of COVID-19 and subsequent impact on businesses' supply chains, the Government has issued new guidance advising businesses that they will need to consider how changes to their operating model and fluctuations in demand during the pandemic may lead to new or increased risks of human trafficking or labour exploitation. This article looks at the Government's advice in more detail.
The Government has launched the Small Business Grant Fund ("SBGF") and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund ("RHLGF") which shall make grant awards to eligible businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These FAQs have been designed to assist Local Authorities administering the SBGF and RHLGF programmes as well as eligible businesses receiving such funds.
A recent decision before the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) highlights the importance of following proper procedures and maintaining appropriate records during the recruitment process, in order to be in a position to robustly defend a claim for discrimination in relation to a candidate's application for a job.
DWF's Scottish corporate team have advised the majority shareholders of Partick Thistle Football Club Limited on the sale of around 55% of the shares in Partick Thistle to Three Black Cats Limited, a company wholly owned by Partick Thistle fan and Euromillions winner, Colin Weir.
In the recent case before the Workplace Relations Commission, Pamela Brennan v BOM Scoil Mhuire agus Iosaf Junior School, a female teacher, who held the role of Deputy Principal, was awarded compensation in the amount of €93,498 after it was held that she was discriminated against on the grounds of gender in relation to a promotion.