Australia: Sports & Entertainment 2017

We feature 12 leading lawyers in this chapter who are highlighted for their excellent work assisting clients with labour, contract and intellectual property law, as well as merchandising and licensing work. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Timothy Golder Allens, Melbourne
2. Jamie Nettleton Addisons Lawyers, Sydney
3. Martin Ross Hall & Wilcox, Melbourne

ALLENS is home to two standout practitioners who are nominated for their exceptional work in the field.
Timothy Golder is the foremost sports and entertainment lawyer in the country and is renowned as a true specialist when it comes to related IP matters. One source effuses: “He is simply the best!”
Jim Dwyer is a big name in the domestic IP market, according to respondents. He is well known for his first-class work advising major sporting organisations and individuals.

Leading chambers ELEVEN WENTWORTH sees two of its top barristers highlighted for their work in the space.
Alan Sullivan QC is commended for his top-tier practice and “remains the leading sports law barrister in the country”.
Malcolm Holmes QC is a well-established figure at the bar, and wins praise from peers and clients alike for his invaluable trial advocacy experience.  

At OWEN DIXON CHAMBERS WEST, Paul Hayes is frequently engaged in sports-related dispute resolution, and is well versed in handling matters at trial and appellate levels.

INDEPENDENT BARRISTER Ben Ihle is considered “the absolute best” when it comes to dealing with anti-doping matters and is a firm favourite among clients who include teams, athletes and sport organisations.

Jamie Nettleton at ADDISONS LAWYERS is one of the most impressive entertainment lawyers in the country. He draws high praise from international sources for his world-class practice, most notably his work relating to regulatory law in the gambling industry.

HALL & WILCOX’s Martin Ross is “a leading figure in Australian sports law,” and regularly represents a wide array of industry clients from sporting organisation to athletes and sponsors.  

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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