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Specialist advice in the fields of both professional and amateur/grass-roots sports

The team is ranked in the top tier of the Legal 500 for its work in the sports sector. The Legal 500 is the leading independent legal directory reporting on law firm capabilities.

Our Team draws on the wealth of experience from across the firm to deal with a wide range of legal issues. Our work ranges from managing the commercial interests of professional sports clubs and sports people to every aspect of effectively managing amateur and grass roots sports clubs. This includes development of grounds and facilities, establishing charitable status and advice for sports clubs Directors and Trustees.

Our clients include county cricket clubs, professional rugby clubs and host of regional sports clubs across Sussex and Kent including at County level and sporting charities including Active Sussex (The Sussex County Sports Partnership Trust) and The Russell Martin Foundation.

Legal advice for sports clubs

  • Mergers & acquisitions and joint ventures
  • Governance issues in relation to sporting bodies
  • Commercial contracts including sponsorship agreements
  • Commercial disputes
  • Employment law
  • Ground development and planning
  • Corporate structures including charitable status
  • Arbitration

Legal advice for sports people

  • On-field matters (contracts, transfers and disciplinary matters)
  • Regulatory matters when dealing with sporting bodies
  • All tax, property, family, trusts aspects
  • Sponsorship agreements

Legal advice for sports club Directors and Trustees

  • Responding to governing bodies
  • Regulatory and disciplinary matters
  • On-field accidents and personal liability
  • All tax, property, family, trusts aspects

“Rix & Kay’s sports group works extensively with clients in the Sussex and Kent region to provide advice on commercial, employment, real estate and governance issues.”

“The firm has a great understanding of sport, dealing with organisations of all sizes. They are committed to the local area and are a leading force in helping sports help towards disabilities, working in cooperation with leading organisations like Albion in the Community, the Sussex Cricket Foundation and others.”

Rix & Kay recognised as leading firm

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