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Important updates

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Legal Update

June 2024

Register of Persons Holding a Controlled Interest in Land – Implications for Unincorporated Associations

September 2023

Golfers v the PGA European Tour: Participation in LIV – out of bounds

June 2023

Exploring IR35 and tax status in sport

June 2023

Brand protection in sport: knowing when to take action, and when not to

April 2023

Employee burnout: causes, costs and cures

March 2023

Can a slogan be registered as a trade mark?

March 2023

Luxury brands take significant steps forward in anti-counterfeiting

March 2023

Is the UK edging closer to a four-day working week?

February 2023

Employees going through the menopause – what should SGBs be mindful of?

February 2023

Do you know your NFTs?

January 2023

Competition law & sport

January 2023

Court of Justice of the European Union delivers significant opinions for sporting competitions


Alcohol advertising and promotion

January 2023

The Scottish Government is currently consulting on proposed changes to the advertising and promotion of alcohol. The proposals include the end or significant restriction of alcohol promotion in both traditional print and online media, TV and radio advertising and sports sponsorship. As well as affecting media revenue streams, this could have a significant impact on sports teams at all levels that rely on sponsorship income. Retailers could be also forced to renovate their shop premises to re-merchandise alcohol in specific areas. As a result, licensing authorities could face a large volume of applications to change licence layout plans.

The consultation runs until March, meaning the earliest a Bill might appear is the autumn session of the Scottish Parliament. Although this might mean that there is not direct impact until late 2023 or early 2024, businesses and organisations that may be affected may consider it wise to contribute to the consultation to ensure their views are properly heard.

Contact our head of licensing Andrew Hunter for more information.


Subject access requests – FAQs

What an SGB can do if an employee is absent without notice?

Update September 2022

Priority visa processing reintroduced

Update September 2022

Focus on Equality & Discrimination

Update September 2022

Does your sports club hold any property “in trust”?

Update August 2022

Being Fraud Aware

Update January 2022

Several sports clubs and organisations, as with many businesses, have recently been the target of a convincing scamming campaign. Club treasurers received emails from what appeared to be their individual club presidents, asking for a payment to be sent to specific bank details.

Most who received the email followed this up by checking with the president or another official, before making any payment, which alerted them to the fact that it was a scam. However, it was particularly convincing and unfortunately a couple of clubs were caught out.

This is a serious issue affecting businesses and organisations across a variety of sectors. Scamming campaigns are becoming increasingly common and more difficult to spot.

Police Scotland has posted helpful advice that should be circulated around your business and highlights key points to consider and what to look out for to avoid becoming a victim of fraud.

Additionally, it is very important to follow your bank’s specific guidance on how best to avoid being scammed. This is crucial because, if in the unfortunate case you are caught out and lose money, if you have followed all bank promoted guidance it is more likely that the bank will provide a reimbursement and the losses are recovered.

This is an issue that is rapidly changing and becoming more and more prevalent. It is very important that all organisations are live to the most recent types of scams and the most up to date guidance for how best to spot and avoid.

Useful Links:


Coronavirus updates

Sport club guidance


What happens to my digital profiles when I die? Sept 22 DOWNLOAD
What clubs need to know about coronavirus and data protection 18 Mar 20 DOWNLOAD

Data protection


What clubs need to know about coronavirus
and data protection
Data Protection Update for Sports Governing Bodies 8 Jul 21 DOWNLOAD

Employer obligations


Employers obligations 19 Mar 20 DOWNLOAD
10 key legal points for employers due to coronavirus school closures 19 Mar 20 DOWNLOAD
Emergency volunteer leave 26 Mar 20 DOWNLOAD
Holidays 26 Mar 20 DOWNLOAD
Home working guidance 26 Mar 20 DOWNLOAD
Protection for self employed and free lancers 27 Mar 20 DOWNLOAD
Coronavirus job retention scheme (CSJR) & Furloughed Workers (FW) 27 Mar 20 DOWNLOAD
Employment frequently asked questions (FAQs) 1 Apr 20 DOWNLOAD
Guidance for sports clubs supporting employees and
self employed coaches
Supporting employees 3 Apr 20 DOWNLOAD
Furlough – grant funding 6 Apr 20 DOWNLOAD
Further guidance – Coronavirus job retention scheme (CSJR) & Furloughed Workers (FW) 6 Apr 20 DOWNLOAD
Latest Coronavirus job retention scheme update
8 April
Latest Coronavirus job retention scheme update
14 April
14 Apr 20 DOWNLOAD
Latest Coronavirus job retention scheme update
17 April
17 Apr 20 DOWNLOAD
Coronavirus job retention scheme now live 20 Apr 20 DOWNLOAD
Coronavirus: New restrictions on workplaces 22 Apr 20 DOWNLOAD
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance updated further 30 Apr 20 DOWNLOAD
Rent Suspension or Deferral during the Coronavirus pandemic 30 Apr 20 DOWNLOAD
Coronavirus: Updated Treasury Directions for
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
26 May 20 DOWNLOAD
Coronavirus: Scottish Government announces Test
and Protect advice for employers
27 May 20 DOWNLOAD
Chancellor announces changes to Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme from July 29 May 20 DOWNLOAD
Latest Coronavirus job retention scheme update
15 June
15 Jun 20 DOWNLOAD
Latest Coronavirus job retention scheme update – flexible furlough scheme now live 1 Jul 20 DOWNLOAD
New Jobs Support Scheme to replace Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme 24 Sep 20 DOWNLOAD

Financial support


How to access government financial support 19 Mar 20 DOWNLOAD
Business support information from the Scottish Government including property information 20 Mar 20 DOWNLOAD
Insurance Implications 26 Mar 20 DOWNLOAD
Scottish Government announces new grants to help those affected by pandemic 13 May 20 DOWNLOAD

General meetings


Coronavirus and general meetings for clubs 1 Apr 20 DOWNLOAD
Coronavirus and general meetings for clubs 19 Jun 20 DOWNLOAD

Property issues


Rent Suspension or Deferral during the Coronavirus pandemic 30 Apr 20 DOWNLOAD
Can sports facilities be re-opened yet? 15 May 20 DOWNLOAD

Sports events


Coronavirus, sports events, frustration and force majeure 18 Mar 20 DOWNLOAD
Event organisers guidance note 19 Mar 20 DOWNLOAD

Sports related issues


Conduct in sport matters 26 Mar 20 DOWNLOAD
Safeguarding and disclosure checks 27 Mar 20 DOWNLOAD
Government announces further restrictions on sport, exercise and leisure 12 Oct 20 DOWNLOAD

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