Whether you are a sports organisation, governing body or sporting individual, you will be looking for advisers who understand the environment in which you operate.

Consumer demand for better leisure experiences continues to add pressure to many to expand services on offer, often involving finding new premises whilst employing and retaining a motivated workforce.

Given the ever-changing regulatory and legislative backdrop, it is crucial, now more than ever, that you stay ahead of the pack. Geldards has a long history of advising a diverse range of sporting organisations, clubs and associations together with national governing bodies and individual players, athletes and their advisers.

Our knowledge of the sector has established us as one of the leading legal teams in the country working across all practice areas and numerous sporting disciplines. Moreover, as directors or board members of a number of high profile sporting organisations, our team members have first-hand experience of the administrative, governance and compliance issues that sporting bodies are required to address.

Whilst we have developed a strong reputation off the field, our staff undoubtedly have a passionate interest in sport with over two thirds across the firm either playing organised sport to a high level or attending professional sporting fixtures on a regular basis. 


In 2012 we established a wholly owned subsidiary called Engagesport headed up by Bob Norster, former Chief Executive of Cardiff Blues and a Wales and British and Irish Lion Rugby International. Engagesport is a sports management company, working with high profile sports personalities and international brands and specialises in providing professional athlete, event and sponsorship management.


Geldards is proud to be the official legal partner of the Welsh Sports Association. In support of its vision to build a sustainable future for sport and recreation in Wales, we provide a legal helpline for WSA members for expert guidance on legal, governance and compliance queries. We can help with concerns about legal structures and charitable status, commercial and contractual matters, dispute resolution, property issues and employment law. To find out more about the benefits of membership, please click here.


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