October 2012

The inaugural Legal Panel Framework Newsletter was launched in October 2012. The articles contained in this newsletter can be downloaded below.


Bates Wells Braithwaite - Arbitration, Sports Federations and the Courts

Few things rankle the professional sport administrator more than the notion of the ‘ordinary courts’ interfering with sport decisions.  This article explores the balance of power between the sports regulators and the courts.

Brabners Chaffe Street - Is your website compliant?

An increasing number of regulations have been introduced affecting how websites should operate. This article provides an overview of common issues for website owners.

Dolmans - Managing Social Media through a Social Media Policy

There is no doubt that social media, including most notably Twitter and Facebook, can bring substantial benefit to an individual or organisation if managed appropriately. This article examines how an organisation can manage social media for best effect.

Farrer & Co - Rio Bound: Tailoring your governance structures to meet governance requirements

Good governance is firmly on the agenda of UK Sport and Sport England as they analyse and make their investment decisions for the next four-year funding cycle. For National Governing Bodies (NGBs) it is paramount to ensure these aspects of the funding requirements are being addressed. This article examines those requirements and suggests ways that NGBs can work towards achieving them.

Gateley - Golden opportunities?

In hosting the 2012 Olympic Games, it was LOCOG’s vision to create a “real and lasting legacy” that would create economic, social and sporting opportunities for the UK. 

Following the recent extensive media exposure of our nation’s athletes and the ensuing positive public reaction, John Burns from law firm Gateley LLP offers some practical advice to British athletes and the NGBs supporting them as regards how to take advantage of the commercial opportunities presented by this legacy.

Moorhead James - Selection Procedures, some points to consider

The importance of selection procedures was highlighted in the run up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by a number of well publicised appeals.  This article examines what worked well and where they may be room for consideration and improvement.

Muckle - Recommendation for change to the current legal and regulatory regime for charities

Sports organisations operating as charities, or which are considering reconstituting as charities, need to be aware that a recent review into the operation of the Charities Act, conducted by Lord Hodgson, was published on 16 July 2012. This article examines the recommendations and the potential impact on the sports sector.

Pinsent Masons - London Welsh and the RFU: Key Principles in Regulating Sport

This article takes the successful London Welsh challenge to the RFU and Premier Rugby, and uses the decision to set out key principles on how governing bodies should organise their competitions, membership and decision making.

Thomas Eggar - The key issues for NGBs to consider when preparing disciplinary rules and how best to guard against legal challenge

Historically, the Courts in England and Wales have been reluctant to overturn decisions of NGBs for want of fair or rational decisions: it is generally accepted that sport has the necessary expertise to self govern and self regulate.  This article addresses some of the key points to be considered when compiling disciplinary rules.

Wright Hassall - London 2012 Olympics: A Review of Sports Cases before Court of Arbitration

The 2012 Olympics Games (“the Games”) saw the return of the Court of Arbitration of Sport (“CAS”) Ad Hoc Division, a fast track tribunal operating to resolve disputes during and in connection with the Olympic Games. This article examines those cases for lessons that can be learnt.

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