New Title ‘Football and the Law’ launched this month

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Walker Morris sports lawyers contribute to new legal football publication

Two specialist football lawyers from Walker Morris’ nationally recognised Sports Law Team have contributed to a new book entitled, ‘Football and the Law’, which will be launched by Bloomsbury this month.

Walker Morris Director, Alistair McHenry, and Senior Associate Liz Coley, are both contributing authors of the book, which provides the first comprehensive review of the law relating to all aspects of football, including the main regulatory and commercial aspects of the sport.

Many of the leading experts in the field were asked to contribute to the publication, which will be a valuable resource to lawyers, club executives and others active in the football industry.

The book is available from publishers Bloomsbury Professional and can be ordered here:

The book is edited by Nick De Marco QC of Blackstone Chambers, who is ranked as one of the leading Sports law barristers and the foremost practitioner in football disputes. He acts for football clubs, federations, players, and agents in commercial and regulatory disputes before FIFA, CAS and various domestic forums.

Alistair McHenry who was author of the chapter on personal injury said:

“Injuries have always been part of football, but legal cases in the area have been few and far between. The chapter explores the history of the football injury through the Courts, examining its uneasy relationship with witnesses and evidence, and discusses how the law might evolve in the future. The sums now involved in football mean the value of footballers is at an all-time high; Clubs need to be alive to the risk of claims being brought against them when their players cause injury, but should also keep in mind the potential to bring a claim when their players have suffered an injury – particularly at the hands of an opponent with deep pockets.”

Liz Coley, who co-authored two chapters on transfer agreements and player contracts commented:

“On a regular basis we are finding clubs in dispute with other clubs over the drafting of transfer agreements where quite sizeable sums are at stake. A number of these disputes have arisen where a club has accepted another club’s draft agreement without realising the implications of the other party’s drafting, or has used a clause from a totally different transfer agreement without realising it has been drafted in favour of the other party. 

The book provides crucial guidance on these issues and those that arise when drafting players’ contracts.”

In the last 12 months the Walker Morris Sports Team has advised on the acquisitions of several football clubs including: Hartlepool United, Leyton Orient, Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and Reading and continues to advise clubs throughout the divisions on a variety of legal matters. The Team is recognised by both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners and provides advice and expertise across the whole spectrum of sports legal services including: commercial and regulatory disputes, sponsorship and commercial deals, player/manager contracts, real estate, disciplinary and regulatory advice, brand and intellectual property, acquisitions and corporate restructuring.

On 23 May 2018, LawInSport will be hosting a half-day seminar on current legal issues in football. The event will combine with the official launch of the book, with many of the book’s authors due to speak. The seminar will cover the latest legal developments in football relating to:

  • player transfers
  • regulating intermediaries and
  • football politics and discrimination

Liz Coley will be one of five panellists at the event discussing current issues in the Football Transfer Market. Topics will include training compensation, player registration & transfer of minors.

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