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Sporting potential

As the world of sport becomes increasingly commercial, the incentives for lawyers to get in on the game are stronger than ever. Scott Watson reports

5 September 2003

Sports law is arguably the most diverse field in the profession. Sports lawyers can find themselves dealing with a huge range of work, such as personal injury, intellectual property or criminal law. The commercial explosion of sport over the last decade has also made it an extremely exciting, varied and lucrative area for lawyers to specialise in. As financial deals become more complex and costly, sports clubs and governing bodies need lawyers more than ever before. It’s all a far cry from the 1950s, when footballers earned a pittance, most sports were amateur and TV had yet to make it into most people’s living rooms. Barrister Edward Grayson is regarded by many as the pioneer of sports law. It was Grayson who noticed back in the 1950s that footballers’ contracts were in restraint of trade. He initiated a county court case for an Aldershot Town footballer to gain fairer contracts for players, which he won. Since then Grayson has become the leading expert in the field. He ha...

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