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Leisure and Sport

A winning combination


The leisure industry is one of the largest sectors of the world economy and its challenges are far-reaching and diverse. We help businesses in this important sector to thrive in the complex and rapidly changing regulatory landscape. 

The need to meet customer expectations in a thriving digital environment and remain competitive is leading many clients to change their business models and adopt technology-driven solutions. In particular the travel, hotel and gaming industries are increasingly undertaking innovative transactions to keep pace with the connected customer.

We work with household names from travel operators, airlines, health clubs, hotels, attractions and cinemas to provide cross-border, full-service legal advice. Within the gaming and lotteries industry our in-depth product knowledge means we are well-placed to advise on interactive betting, pooling and co-mingling arrangements.

We also work with international sporting bodies, corporations, sports clubs and individual sports personalities to advise on sports disputes. We advise on regulatory and disciplinary issues, exploitation of broadcasting and other rights, contractual issues, sponsorships, acquisitions, disposals and restructurings of sports governing bodies and other sports-related entities. 

Recent Experience

A renowned international hotel management company

Represented a renowned international hotel management company in disputes against the owner of the property in relation to a premium hotel located in Mainland China (two ad hoc arbitrations (UNCITRAL Rules), PRC law).

A multinational hospitality company

Represented a multinational hospitality company in disputes with a Thai hotel owner related to unpaid management and other fees (SIAC arbitration in Singapore, Singapore law and related Thai litigation).

A luxury hotel chain

Represented a luxury hotel chain in relation to force majeure clauses and early termination clauses with respect to the hotel management agreement, following a water leakage at one of their hotels in Asia.

A leading global hotel chain

Advising a leading global hotel chain in a DIFC-LCIA arbitration against an Owner arising out of disputes regarding non-payment of fees and alleged mismanagement. The arbitration included  a number of complex issues regarding hotel management and applications for interim relief and partial summary judgment.


Advising on international co-mingling and content licensing agreements with the New Zealand Racing Board and Phumelela Gaming and Leisure

Australian Rugby Union (ARU)

Assisting ARU to negotiate the Collective Bargaining Agreements with the Rugby Union Players Association (RUPA) and the State Rugby Unions

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