The sports world requires specialist legal services. Sports clubs, associations and individual sportsmen and women may require assistance in a highly diverse range of practice areas.

Think, for example, of legal matters to do with sponsoring, portrait rights or transfers. The legal aspects of the sale of TV rights to sports competitions and events also demand a thorough knowledge of the underlying issues. European legislation concerning sport is highly complex too.

Legal assistance is essential for the development and construction of stadiums. Knowledge of legislation and regulations is important when applying for permits for renovations or extensions. The same applies when leasing a sports complex. How, for example, can you deal in the best way with the inconvenience your sports association causes through the use of lighting masts?

You may also be confronted with questions in the area of employment law and liability. What do you need to watch out for when entering into and terminating employment contracts with trainers and coaches? Who is liable if volunteers cause damage or if something happens to them? If volunteers receive any payment of expenses, is this still a genuine volunteer agreement or an employment contract?

You can rely on CMS to provide expertise in all the usual areas of law. We are actively involved in sport, also as sponsor, and provide you with practical, personalized advice.

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The firm acted for ESL, the world’s largest company specialising in competitive video games, to set up a global governing body, the World Esports Association. Lawyers created the first legal structure, commercial rights, arbitration court and code of conduct for an organisation of this type in the fast-growing market.

FT European Innovative Lawyer Awards, 2017
August 2018
Sum­mer of sports 2018
After much ex­cite­ment in June and Ju­ly, it was France who were left hold­ing the golden trophy aloft, with Les Bleus able to over­come Croa­tia to win their second FIFA World Cup.As al­ways, the FIFA World Cup was full of twists and turns. The hold­ers, Ger­many, were knocked out at the group stage, Spain suc­cumbed to the hosts Rus­sia and Eng­land man­aged to win a game on pen­al­ties. Sev­er­al play­ers grasped their op­por­tun­ity on the biggest of in­ter­na­tion­al stages to put them­selves firmly in the shop win­dow. Speak­ing of shop win­dows, fol­low­ing his suc­cess lead­ing the Three Lions, 7 Ju­ly was de­clared Na­tion­al Waist­coat Day in the UK in hon­our of Gareth Southg­ate and his sar­tori­al choices.Here at CMS, we were able to put aside our in­ter­na­tion­al al­le­gi­ances to pro­duce sev­er­al in­sights in­to de­vel­op­ments with­in the world of sport, and not lim­ited to the foot­ball in­dustry. Our art­icles cov­er a range of is­sues such as deal­ing with mal­prac­tice in sport, how tech­no­lo­gic­al de­vel­op­ments will af­fect both the par­ti­cip­a­tion in, and view­ing of, sport and com­plex im­age rights ar­range­ments for sport stars. We hope you find it use­ful. 
BNR Jur­idische Za­ken: Rechtshulp voor van dop­ing ver­dachte sport­ers met...
Er moet een voorzi­en­ing ko­men voor tops­port­ers die worden ver­dacht van dop­inggebruik zod­at zij de com­plexe jur­idische pro­ced­ures kunnen bekosti­gen. Daar­voor pleit­ten Michiel van Dijk (part­ner en sport­rechtad­vocaat bij CMS) en Es­mé Kamphu­is (At­leten­com­mis­sie van NOC*NSF) in het pro­gramma Jur­idische Za­ken van BNR Nieuws­ra­dio. De present­atie was in handen van Paul Van Liempt.Lengte: 21:56 minutesBron: BNR Nieuws­ra­dioType: Ra­di­ofrag­mentTaal: Neder­landsBe­st­andsg­rootte: 10 MBme­di­umme­di­umme­di­um
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