Sport


Our team advises its sports clients, clubs, club managers, federations, event planners and regional authorities, on all their projects regarding sports law.

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Our team advises its sports clients, clubs, club managers, federations, event planners and regional authorities, on all their projects regarding sports law.

Our savoir-faire applies to all sports (e.g. football, rugby, golf, tennis, motorsport, equestrianism), and includes all areas of French and international business law (contracts, corporate law, taxation, competition law, intellectual property, public law, association law, mediation and litigation).

Sportsmanship and sporting values are profoundly embedded into Bignon Lebray’s mindset, as demonstrated by the numerous projects initiated by the firm. Thus, at the instigation of Alexandre Ghesquière, the firm has organised golf tournaments for its clients for the last 10 years in Lille, in partnership with Golf du Sart. Since last year, Neil Robertson has started inviting members of the Paris office to a cocktail party coupled with a golf initiation at the Golf de Maisons-Lafitte. Finally, following the partners’ invitation, the members of the firm regularly take part in races, defending the colours of Bignon Lebray.

They trust us

  • Representation of rugby players as part of disciplinary procedures (European Professional Club Rugby [EPCR], French National Rugby League);
  • Acquisition of sporting event broadcasting rights and contract negotiations;
  • Advising clubs, investors and local authorities regarding their stadiums (as part of litigation concerning public procurements), drawing-up of urban planning documents and planning permissions.

Good to know

  • Neil Robertson, a partner lawyer of the firm, is also a shareholder in and director of the CA Brive rugby team (cabrive-rugby.com), as well as a founding member and President of Golf de Maisons-Lafitte (golfml.com).
  • Neil Robertson also practises as a sports agent, assisting and representing clubs, players and agents, and drafting and negotiating sponsorships agreements, employment contracts and services agreements.
  • The firm regularly takes part in charity runs (Caallenge contre la faim [Challenge against hunger], les Boucles du 17ème [Laps of the 17th arrondissement]).