Sports Law


Thanks to a heightened awareness of the legal issues involved with sport, more people than ever before are taking a proactive approach to protecting their interests when it comes to their involvement in sport.

Cavell Leitch’s experts in the broad area of sports law draw on their extensive involvement and interest in the sector.  They keep ahead of the game when it comes to topical sports law issues. 

Cavell Leitch has the knowledge and skills to provide comprehensive advice to athletes, clubs, federations, governing bodies, disciplinary bodies, rights holders, agencies, event promotors, sponsors and other stakeholders in the sports industry across a variety of legal matters, including:

  • Governance and Incorporated Societies law

  • Misconduct and disciplinary matters

  • Anti-corruption and gambling issues

  • Commercial sponsorship and endorsement

  • License and merchandising agreements

  • Protection and licensing of intellectual property rights

  • Individual personal image rights

  • Talent and other representation agreements

  • Venue and event management

  • Employment related issues

  • Health and Safety advice

  • Privacy Act advice

  • Media and associated rights


Recent examples of work completed by our experts:

  • Advising a regional sports federation on anti-corruption and gambling issues;

  • Representing athletes and clubs in disciplinary hearings before regional judiciaries;

  • Assisting a regional sports federation with their governance arrangements;

  • Preparing and negotiating contracts for personal trainers;

  • Preparing and reviewing health and safety and privacy law practices at a governance level.







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111 Cashel Mall
Christchurch 8011

PO Box 799
Christchurch 8140

Telephone: +64 3 379 9940


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