About the Sector

Many National Governing Bodies for sport in Ireland have transformed in the last decade from mainly 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. Ogier Leman 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 advise 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 reselection/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

Morgan Crowe


T: +353 1 639 3000

DDI :  +353 1 237 3115

Email: ireland@ogier.com

Larry Fenelon

Partner & Head of Sport

T: +353 1 639 3000

DDI: +353 1 632 3110

Email: ireland@ogier.com