"Unparalleled" - a leading force in sports law

At work in arenas at home and abroad. In 1992 Harper Macleod took the lead in Scotland by becoming the first legal firm here to create a team specialising specifically in sports law. On the back of that perceptive initiative, our reputation has widened and strengthened: we're now retained by leading sports competitors and organisations in both the domestic and international arenas. Our appointment as legal advisers to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the largest multi-sporting event ever to be held in Scotland, is testament to this. Find out more about our work for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games here.

"A royal flush of governing bodies". That's how Chambers UK describes our portfolio of top sporting clients. We are the exclusive retained advisors to the Scottish Premier League and advise the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) on all issues relating to sports discipline and regulation. Our clients include Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Celtic plc, International Rugby Board (IRB) and we also advise Sports Governing bodies covering sports such as rowing, gymnastics, netball, triathalon, tennis & wrestling, under the sportscotland expert resource framework. We advise several senior football and rugby clubs, as well as a number of Scotland's leading professional sportspeople.

Harper Macleod is a founder member of the UK's premier legal grouping, The British Association for Sport and Law (BASAL). Our Professor Lorne Crerar is Discipline Chairman of the European Rugby Cup and Six Nations. Professor Crerar and Rod McKenzie both sit on the Judicial Panel of the International Rugby Board.

The team provide all legal advice to the Scottish Premier League, from advising in relation to all commercial contracts and arrangements including title sponsor arrangements and broadcasting agreements (believed to be the largest of their kind in Scotland) to regulatory and disciplinary issues. The Group advises the SRU on regulatory issues and player discipline, with the group's Bruce Caldow the solicitor to the national side. We regularly appear before various international bodies representing the interests of our clients.

Key Services

  • Anti-doping policy and regulation
  • Broadcasting agreements, both traditional and new media
  • Commercial contracts
  • Disciplinary issues
  • Regulatory issues
  • Image rights
  • Immigration, permits and player eligibility
  • Insolvency & restructuring
  • Intellectual property and brand protection
  • Dispute resolution
  • Sponsorship agreements, partnership agreements and advertising