Sports law services - george davies solicitors llp

The Sports Team at George Davies has a wealth of experience helping sportspeople, clubs and associations involved in a wide range of sports including football, rugby, athletics, cricket and boxing on all aspects of the law.

The team has advised sports clients for more than 50 years, and its valuable knowledge and experience has cemented its reputation as the “go to” team for both national and international sports law advice.

Sports regulatory work

The team is heavily involved in sports regulatory matters and dispute resolution; team head Mark Hovell, is one of only a handful of UK arbitrators appointed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland and has arbitrated on more than 60 cases since 2002; consultant Walter Nicholls chairs disciplinary panels for England Athletics and regularly represents athletes before the National Anti Doping Panel; and Walter, Mark and partner John Hewison are approved mediators/arbitrators for Sports Resolutions.

Since 2010, Mark Hovell has lectured annually on the international sports law masters at the prestigious Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía in Madrid.

Financial advice for sports clubs and sports individuals

When cash is tight the Sports Team will help by supporting you with straightforward, commercial advice. We have advised sportspeople, clubs and associations in over 60 sports related insolvencies/restructures. This experience is supported by team head Mark Hovell who is a qualified Insolvency Practitioner and an expert on sports finances. His detailed knowledge on the football creditors’ rule and insolvency law is second to none. We have advised football, rugby union and rugby league clubs, players and associations on financial matters.