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What is sports law?

Sports law is a general term given to a wide range of legal issues as they relate to professionals sports people and sporting bodies alike.

The needs of sports people and sport associations are unique and specific to each sporting code, which is why their needs are best met by a lawyer who understands both the sport and the commercial law issues relevant to the matter.

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Why choose DBH?

We have some of the best sports lawyers in Adelaide, who speak proudly to the support they receive from the experience and knowledge of our wider team.

You’ll get the best advice, tailored to your situation and needs.

  • Full range of sports law services
  • Decades of sports law experience
  • Aussie Rules Football and horse racing specialties
  • Outstanding legal team

Experienced legal representation at the highest level

Our sports law team members have personal experience in the highest sporting levels, both nationally and internationally.

David Tillett

David Tillett is one of South Australia’s most highly sought-after sports lawyers. He has had long-standing involvement with the peak Australian and international sailing bodies and has been an official at both the Olympic Games and the America’s Cup. Not only does David understand how professional bodies operate on the world stage, his liquor licensing and commercial law expertise give him a unique skill set that serves his clients brilliantly.

Matthew Stevens

Matthew Stevens is a commercial law all-rounder with sports law and insolvency law expertise. He has an outstanding track record in providing advice to sports law clients in a range of legal areas and knows how to predict the long-term needs of his clients.

Max Basheer

Max Basheer is a South Australian sporting identity, having had extensive involvement with SANFL and AFL football for decades. He’s one of the most connected and informed sports lawyers working in the footy world.

Find out about how our sports law team can help you.

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Our sports law services

Whether you need taxation advice about your image rights, or your club needs a new constitution, we have the expertise to help you.

  • Contract management
  • Employment agreements and contract advice
  • Disputes, including representation in the Court of Arbitration for Sport and commercial litigation
  • Liquor licensing, gaming and general management advice
  • Advice and negotiation of the sale and purchase of assets
  • Sponsorship, endorsements and other commercial agreements, including advertising
  • Intellectual property and licensing advice
  • Taxation advice
  • Advice and representation for issues surrounding drugs in sport
  • Advice and representation for issues in horse racing
  • Governance
  • Supply agreements
  • Drafting rules and regulations
  • Corporate structures
  • Disciplinary issues
  • Discrimination and Harassment advice

Meet our specialised

Sports Law team

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