Sports Law2019-08-27T13:20:21+00:00

Sports Law

Over the last 25 years Clarke Jeffers have advised some of the leading sports people in the country from top amateurs to Olympians to professional international players. The firm has also represented both local and national sports clubs and organisations.

Both partners have both represented Ireland in equestrian sports, with Victor receiving a sports scholarship to South America in 1993 and William winning a world under 21 three day eventing gold medal. It is this mix of legal knowledge and actual understanding of the sports person’s mind that sets the firm apart in terms of the service it can offer. We understand that top sports people have to concentrate on their chosen field and therefore need people they can trust.

The firm also has extensive expertise and experience in acting for sporting clubs and organisations, both on a local and national level. We provide solid advice and strong representation to ensure that clubs and societies operate within the law while still dealing with and resolving issues.

Modern sport in general, be it amateur or professional, club or organisation, is more under scrutiny than ever before. With the advent of social media, issues are publicised on an even wider, faster and more damaging scale. The firm also specialises in Internet Law to ensure its sports clients have a full and complete representation.

The firm specialises in sports mediation to assist in all types of disputes or disciplinary matters. An expert understanding of the law combined with a strong working knowledge of sport can be utilised to bring such difficulties or disputes to a satisfactory conclusion in a private and confidential manner between the parties.

Specialist areas include:

Clubs

  • Formation and structure planning
  • Club funding
  • Drafting club rules and constitution
  • Charitable tax status applications
  • Disciplinary procedures and representation
  • Governance and compliance
  • Employment contracts
  • Licensing
  • Gaming and lotteries licensing
  • Sponsorship agreements
  • Capital grant applications
  • Health & Safety Issues (including personal injuries, third party claims, civil liability and duties of coaches & staff)
  • Child protection (ethics and code of conduct)
  • Advice on Child First Bill 2012

Sports

  • Contract negotiations
  • Sponsorship agreements
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Exclusivity agreements
  • Disciplinary representation
  • Advice on Anti doping rules (IADR)
  • IADR infraction representation
  • IADR appeals
  • WADA prohibited substances
  • Therapeutic use exemption applications (defences)
  • Court of arbitration for sport (CAS) representation
  • Match / race fixing representation and defence
  • Product endorsements
  • Naming rights
  • Sports injury compensation
  • Online personality protection
  • Online / twitter and social media defamation
  • Anti corruption and sports betting
  • Arbitration and conflict resolution

Clarke Jeffers specialise in alternative dispute resolution and in particular in sports mediation.

Sports Law – Useful Links:
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Just Sport Ireland
IRFU
FAI
GAA

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I found Victor and Staff very professional to deal with but in a friendly and relaxed fashion, the advice and confidence I gained from this team was second to none and I am very grateful to all at Clarke Jeffers for their help over the past 12 months. I would recommend them without hesitation for all aspects of Legal Advice.

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We’ve worked closely with Clarke Jeffers over the last 8 years and I cannot recommend their services highly enough. We’ve always found their staff to be highly professional, responsive and they have helped us resolve issues quickly.

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Victor has an excellent understanding of the business of franchising, I found his advice invaluable when I was starting my own business and negotiating my contract, I would have no hesitation in recommending Clarke Jeffers for sound business and legal advice’.

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As Ireland’s largest chain of fitness clubs and a key player in the Irish franchising sector, we have been involved in numerous commercial transactions, negotiations and of course the odd conflict along the way! Victor and the team at Clarke Jeffers has been an invaluable asset to us on this journey. From when we started in 2005 with our first club and our first member to a membership today of over 25,000 in Ireland alone, Clarke Jeffers has been there every step of the way.

John Hannaford, Director, Energie Fitness Clubs Ireland
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We have always been very happy with the representation and advice from Clarke Jeffers. Firstly they are proactive and on the ball, secondly they have a “what we can do as opposed to what we can’t do approach. They possess the type of forward thinking that a progressive business such as ours demands.
Erik Holstein , Watchie
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We have worked with Clarke Jeffers & Co solicitors for many years. They have consistently given us clear and easy to understand advice. Most importantly, they have give us effective advice. A very professional outfit.

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As an Irish international rugby player I am used to having people I can rely on, both on the pitch and off.  Clarke Jeffers, to me is a safe pair of hands whose integrity cannot be questioned. They provide me with advice I can trust. That to me is what is important.

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When it comes to food and beverage we have a one stop shop in Clarke Jeffers. They know the industry, they know what’s required and most importantly, they know how to provide it quickly.  For a luxury hotel and golf resort, that is priceless.

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