We resolve complex, high-profile sports-related disputes and media crises.

Our sports team is highly specialised, advising exclusively on heavyweight disputes and high-stakes media crises.

Clubs, agents and elite athletes trust us to resolve high-profile and sensitive disputes in sport. Our cases relate to various sports, including athletics, boxing, cycling, football, horseracing, motorsport, rugby, skiing, ice hockey, flying/gliding competitions and other extreme sports.

As the leading litigation-only law firm in the UK, we are conflict-free, which means we act where other firms cannot. We work closely with clubs, agents and other law firms to deal with their clients’ dispute-related needs without risk to the wider client relationship.

We offer innovative costs arrangements such as risk-sharing fee agreements, third party funding and after-the-event insurance to enable our sports clients to pursue claims and recover assets from a position of financial strength.

In addition to conducting litigation in the UK, our sports team coordinates claims in overseas jurisdictions, working alongside specialist law firms around the world when necessary.


Sports dispute resolution for clubs

Our multi-disciplinary team acts on a wide variety of sports-related issues, leveraging our reputation for resolving challenging and complex disputes. These issues include brand-related media crises, image rights and intellectual property issues, contractual disputes, fraud and financial crime. We also obtain and resist injunctive relief on behalf of clients through High Court litigation and alternative dispute resolution, including domestic and international arbitrations.


Dispute resolution for players  

The Stewarts Private Dispute Management team helps players navigate complex personal issues such as privacy and reputation management, divorce and separation, pre and post-nuptial agreements, sports injuries, tax enquiries, investigations and film scheme-related disputes, trust and probate disputes, contractual issues and investment loss.  


Our sports dispute resolution experience

  • Acting for a large group of professional footballers and managers in a £250m tax claim relating to the Ingenious Film Partners scheme
  • Acting for a Premier League football club in a fraud investigation
  • Acting for a Premier League football club in a freezing order application
  • Acting for sports professionals in career-ending injury disputes
  • Acting for the estate of Jules Bianchi, Formula 1 racing driver, following a fatal crash at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka
  • Acting for insurers defrauded as a result of a multimillion pound scam involving injured racehorses
  • Acting for professional footballers in high-value divorce, separation and family law issues

Meet the Sports Disputes contacts

The team is led by Stuart Dench and Barrington Atkins.

Our multi-disciplinary team acts on a wide variety of sports-related issues, leveraging our reputation for resolving challenging and complex disputes.

Barrington Atkins, Solicitor, Clinical Negligence

If you require assistance, please email your enquiry or call us.

Statement of the family of F1 driver Jules Bianchi

We represented the family of the Formula 1 racing driver, Jules Bianchi, in taking legal action relating to the fatal head injuries he sustained in a collision with a mobile crane at the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka in 2014. Following mutual discussions at the start of 2017, Jules’ family and various interested parties have now agreed on the lessons to be learned from the accident. You can read the full statement from the family here…

Jules Bianchi