The success of local sports men and women has prompted Derry law firm Campbell Fitzpatrick to launch their new Sports Law Service.
Peter Campbell of Campbell Fitzpatrick, which also has an office in Belfastm said: “Sport has become increasingly commercially focused in recent years and continues to attract huge investment and increase its revenue-raising potential.
“The recent feats of Ulster Rugby, the success of our golfers and the many footballers playing, or hoping to play professionally, illustrates the fact that Northern Ireland has a wealth of talent in many sporting disiplines.
“With such a lucrative, expanding market it is important for organisations and individuals to receive expert advice on all legal issues pertaining to sport.
“Campbell Fitzpatrick is at the forefront in providing such advice and this has led to the creation of a dedicated sports law department.”
The company already has extensive inhouse expertise as Sports Law practitioner William McSorley who holds a Masters in International Sports Law, is a FIFA licensed Players Agent and a registered lawyer with the FA, is on the staff at Campbell Fitzpatrick.
The new Sports Law Department also provides advice on a number of sports law-related areas including player representation and management, contract drafting and negotiation, sponsorship agreements, sports injury litigation, rights protection and disciplinary proceedings.
Commenting, Mr. Campbell said; “Individuals and organisations are rightly focused on their sporting performance but sport is also an important economic driver and there are many areas of the law that sport relates to. Our Sports Law team at Campbell Fitzpatrick has unrivalled expertise and experience of the legal challenges facing the sporting industry. We understand that our clients want detailed and commercially focused advice which is also easy to understand. We have a unique understanding of Sports Law but also recognise that it is a combination of many different areas of law.
“As a full service legal firm we can advise on any issue affecting sporting individuals or organisations.”