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In addition to having ‘excellent expertise in sports disciplinary issues’, Harper Macleod LLP handles a range of sports-related commercial, governance and safeguarding matters. Bruce Caldow represents Scottish Rugby Union players in disciplinary matters and is recommended alongside practice head Rod McKenzie.

BTO Solicitors LLP’s work includes regulatory matters, event hosting agreements and governance-related issues. Andrew Sleigh advised on the merger of the Scottish Golf Union and Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association. Other clients include the Scottish Football Association.

Burness Paullknows its clients’ needs in the sports sector’. Colin Hulme ‘is a man that can be turned to in any crisis’; he is acting for the Scottish Football Association in several judicial review cases brought by Rangers FC part-owner Mike Ashley. Other recent mandates relate to sponsorship and disciplinary matters.

Anderson Strathern has ‘invaluably broad and deep expertise in sports law’. John Kerr’s ‘sensible and pragmatic advice makes processes smoother’; his work includes governance restructures and partnership agreements. Clients include Badminton Scotland.

DWF regularly acts in arbitrated disputes between sports entities, and advises on employment issues and event hosting contracts. Paul Pignatelli advised Partick Thistle Football Club on its restructuring. Alasdair Peacock is advising EventScotland on hosting the 2019 Solheim Cup.

HBJ Gateley’s Simon Catto represents football clubs and players in a range of disciplinary matters, as well as arbitrated commercial disputes.

Morton Fraser advises governing bodies on charity law and athletes on HR matters. Practice head Iain Young was promoted to partner in 2015.

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