Our vision is simple: agile, innovative and empowered. We deliver on this vision ourselves but aim to also impart the vision on our sporting industry clients to do likewise. Given their industry and attitudes towards professionalism, we find that these qualities come naturally.

We are often consulted in sports law related matters that deal with contracts, disciplinary claims, advice, liability issues for athletes and clubs, together with the development of constitutions for sporting organisations and start-ups.

Some of our sport industry clients include notable footballers from various footballing codes, triathletes, national and international boxers and kickboxers, athlete managers and sporting agents, national sporting associations, exercise physiologists, entrepreneurs and health clubs.

Our Principal, Meghan Warren, is a very experienced kickboxer and Thai boxer.

Our firm advises athletes and the sports industry at a local, national and global level.

Some key areas of advice and assistance for our clients include:

  • Advice and education for athletes in business and investment structuring, sponsorship, strategy, opportunities, risks and growth;
  • App development.
  • Employment issues in sport including advising, reviewing, and drafting player contracts between a club and a player, service contracts for club associates, advice around terminations, redundancies and entitlements.
  • Advising on the impact of restraint of trade provisions within employment contracts, their reasonableness and enforceability.
  • The development of drugs in sport issues including performance-enhancement / doping and illicit drugs governed by the ASADA and international rules for travelling athletes;
  • Disclaimers and liability for injuries in sport including negligence by leagues, injuries in boxing and martial arts, liability of gyms and fitness centres, and risk mitigation and management;
  • Governance and club and association policies and terms and conditions, reviewing constitutions and rules governing entry and participation into sporting competitions.
  • Succession and retirement planning for life after professional sport;
  • Reviewing and drafting player agent, player transfer and management agreements between agents and players;
  • The representation of individual players and sporting bodies before tribunals where disciplinary proceedings have been commenced;
  • Sponsorship and licensing agreements, including merchandising and use of intellectual property; and
  • Contracts relating to sporting arenas, including advice around the right to signage, concessions, crowd control and merchandising.

Why Burke Lawyers are best placed to help you

With the extensive legal expertise that the Burke Lawyers legal team demonstrate in the Athletic and Sports industries as listed here you can see that we can provide tailored and strategic legal advice for any related challenge you may have.

Contact us today on +61 3 9822 8588 or you can email our team HERE to find out how we can assist you.