About the Sector

Many National Governing Bodies for sport in Ireland have transformed in the last decade from largely volunteer led to executive run organisations. That prolific change has prompted changes in governance, incorporation, board composition, regulatory and disciplinary codes, anti-doping child protection, membership benefits and commercial realities, to name a few. NGB’s require trusted and experienced legal advisors to ensure they can provide the platform for future success. Leman Solicitors are that partner, representing over half of all NGB’s in Ireland and the official legal partner to the Federation of Irish Sport.

Our Services

We provide legal support in the following areas of Sports Law:

  • Company set up under companies act 2014
  • Constitution/memorandum and articles drafting
  • Good governance advisory
  • Sponsorship and commercial contracts
  • Complaints and disciplinary rules drafting
  • Representation and advocacy at DRA and JSI arbitration
  • Selection advice and disputes
  • Anti doping hearings
  • Legal assessor at disciplinary and appeal hearings
  • Advice on land trusts and sporting leases
  • Liquor licensing for sports clubs

Our Experience

  • Advising over 30 NGBs in disciplinary actions against members
  • 45 x arbitrations before DRA and JSI
  • 14 x NGB governance restructuring
  • 10 x disciplinary rule drafting
  • 8 x high court injunctions re selection/disciplinary disputes
  • 8 x olympic selection advisory and disputes
  • 5 x sports mediations
  • 6 x legal assessor to disciplinary and appeals committees
  • 3 x advice to NGB re children at disciplinary hearings
  • 2 x anti doping hearings.

Our Clients

  • Over 30 NGBs from the very largest to the smallest

Your Contacts

Larry Fenelon

Managing Partner & Head of Sport

T: +353 1 6393000

 

DDI: +353 1 6323110

Email: lfenelon@leman.ie

Gavin Bluett

Associate

T: + 353 1 639 3000

 

DDI: +353 1 237 3080

Email: gbluett@leman.ie