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  • Sports testimonial payments and tax – an important update

    Sports testimonial payments and tax – an important update

    The tax treatment of payments made to sportspersons, arising by reason of their sporting activities, has been a subject of much debate and attention over recent times. The UK taxation authority, HMRC, has revised its approach to sportsperson taxation and further attention is now being paid to testimonials – events organised to honour the contribution of a sportsperson approaching the end of their career.

  • Can leading athletes be considered as employees?

    Can leading athletes be considered as employees?

    A case brought by former Olympic cyclist Jess Varnish will look at whether or not athletes such as her can be considered as employees or workers. The outcome will have far-reaching implications for athletes and sports governing bodies and funders.

  • Brexit and professional sport

    Brexit and professional sport

    EU free movement benefits not only professional sportspersons but also in some cases their ability to transport the tools of their trade. A “hard” Brexit would have significant effects

  • Member against member?

    Member against member?

    The failure of an action by a golf club member against the club's executive board indicates the lack of scope for avoiding the general rule against liability to fellow members

  • Seamus Coleman: Negligence, Reckless Play & club remedies for players injured on international duty

    Seamus Coleman: Negligence, Reckless Play & club remedies for players injured on international duty

    Friday night's World Cup qualifier between the Republic of Ireland and Wales took a turn for the worse in the 69th minute when Seamus Coleman (ROI and Everton) sustained a double fracture to his leg following a tackle. The challenge has since been widely criticised by football professionals and fans alike, with some calling it reckless and negligent. But what constitutes negligent, reckless play, in law?