Sports law

Our lawyers provide specialist advice to sports professionals and organisations in relation to a range of regulatory issues. For immediate advice from one of our lawyers call 0203 816 9274 or complete our enquiry form.

Our lawyers have experience of advising and defending sports professionals in relation to disciplinary and safeguarding matters arising from on-field and off-field incidents; and assisting sporting organisations with governance matters. Our specialist experience in this area includes the following:

  • Advising a professional rugby league player in relation to a high-profile disciplinary matter following a serious on-field incident;
  • Representing a player before the FA Disciplinary Commission;
  • Sitting as a panelist on the disciplinary committee of an Olympic governing body;
  • Representing a coach under investigation by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS);
  • ​Representing a professional rugby league player in criminal proceedings arising from an off-field incident;

We recognise that sports regulation matters can attract significant adverse media attention. We will handle your case discretely and we will actively avoid publicity. To speak to a member of our team, in confidence, please call 0203 816 9274.

loading staff

We're widely accredited for our work - regulatory & criminal justice

  • Legal 500

It is our business to deliver legal services that work for our clients, you can trust our specialists to take care of things on your behalf. Over the years our regulatory and criminal justice team has been recognised by industry awards and accredited for their excellence.

Memberships & accreditations

9.3 out of 10
Trustpilot logo5-stars on trustpilot Based on count 551

We're Great

It is our business to deliver legal services that work for our clients, and you can trust our specialists to take care of things on your behalf.

Our Trustpilot reviews

I was kept up to date at every junction. My case is now closed with no restrictions to my practice. Thank you to Carl and his team especially Laura who worked so diligently on my case! They acted professional at all times. I highly recommend this company.
View from a professional discipline client

What does Ofsted's new early years inspection framework mean for providers?

On 14th May 2019, Ofsted published its updated inspection framework, which will be applicable to all education providers from September 2019.  The new framework has been in the pipeline for almost two years and was under public consultation from...

Read more

Regulatory Twitter Block

Stephensons to close its Lord Street office in Leigh as it expands its Wigan HQ

The national law firm, Stephensons, is to close its office on Lord Street, Leigh at the end of June.  The firm, which has offices in Wigan, St Helens, Bolton, Manchester and London will close its Leigh office on Friday 28 June, with staff...

Read more

staff reorder - professional discipline

  • Carl Johnson
  • Sean Joyce
  • ​Alison Marriott
  • Francesca Snape
  • Laura Hannah
  • Paul Loughlin​
  • Neal Boland
  • Chloe Parish
  • Elizabeth Groom
  • Martin Haisley
  • Emily Hill
  • Jessica Macaulay
  • Cameron Stubbs

We're always here for you

As an award-winning top 150 law firm, with over 450 staff based in offices across the country, you're never far from the advice you need.

Find your nearest Stephensons office and arrange a meeting

As an award-winning top 150 law firm, with over 450 staff based in offices across the country, you're never far from the advice you need.