At Darwin Gray, we have combined our legal expertise and passion for sport to create our dedicated Sport team that have wide-ranging expertise in all sports law related issues.

Sports law is not a single legal discipline but encompasses a number of legal areas. Consequently, our Sport team is multidisciplinary and provides advice on a range of legal issues, from commercial and contractual matters, to employment and dispute resolution. We also provide training that can be designed bespoke to your needs.

Our team has advised numerous large national sporting organisations, some of the UK's largest sports teams, and a number of international professional sportspeople across a number of sports. We have a strong relationship with one of the world's leading rugby management agencies.

The team is headed by Partner Damian Phillips, who has an excellent reputation for advising on employment-related matters and has been praised for offering "very professional services" (Legal 500). Damian has over 15 years' experience in employment law, and has considerable experience in acting for a number of professional sportspeople and clubs.

Partner Owen John is experienced in advising players and executives at major sporting organisations on all aspects of their employment. Owen is also registered with the Football Association of Wales to act as an agent for football players in the UK and abroad.

Why choose Darwin Gray?

Our team offers:

  • expert legal advice

  • a high-quality service

  • responsiveness and reliability

  • transparency and fair pricing

  • a personal and friendly approach

  • fixed fees


Our experience:

We provide a full range of services to sports clubs, organisations, and individuals in the following areas:

  • Playing Contracts

  • Club Ownership

  • Commercial Contracts with Sponsors

  • Media Contracts

  • Image Rights/Intellectual Property

  • Disciplinary Issues

  • Regulatory Issues

  • Sports Disputes

  • Property/Stadium Issues

  • Transfers and Terminations

  • Agency Contracts

  • Anti-doping Issues

  • Career-ending Injuries



See below for examples of what we can provide in terms of training. If you are looking for something specific, please contact us:

  • Contractual Issues

  • Anti-doping

  • Disciplinary Issues

  • Transfers and Terminations

If you are interested in discussing our services, please contact: