Sports Law – Motorsport


ADL has a team of expert lawyers in the motorsport sector.  We have acted for sponsors, drivers, manufacturers, engine suppliers, teams, trainers, team principals and regulators in all sectors from Formula 1 through professional and all the way to amateur motorsport competition and including representation of both professional and amateur drivers before their regulatory Councils and tribunals. We have also acted for and with a number of high profile individuals and organisations in the motorsport world and has a wealth of experience to draw on when it comes to advising clients in the motorsport and automotive industries. Over many years we have developed a substantial portfolio of global clients in this sector and have a strong team well equipped to meet the needs of motorsport businesses and related high tech engineering industries.

Whether you are a professional racing team, manufacturer of component parts, sponsoring organisation, driver or industry personality, ADL LEGAL  can provide you with both expert and practical advice to help maximise your rights and help you to achieve your objectives.

Our knowledge of and expertise in sports law and racing law in particular has been acquired over many years working in the industry and is underpinned by a real passion for motor sport itself. Senior Partner Nick Lockett is an ex-driver and marshall and his son Drew is a keen karting enthusiast and a visiting lecturer at various universities on racing law, sports law and the legal implications of event management.

ADL Legal helps fund the “feeder” end of motorsport and is a sponsor of various junior karting teams and tracks.

ADL offers legal services to companies, teams, individuals, federations, associations and other bodies involved in the motor sports industry. Our dedicated, multi-disciplinary team, advises on contentious and non-contentious issues including general corporate advice, management, sponsorship, personal injury, insurance and financial contracts, employment and construction. We also advise on disputes that may arise.

The ADL team includes lawyers with a genuine passion for Motorsport and a dedication to it, having raced in amateur championships, they bring practical experience and enthusiasm to legal practice.

As well as general expertise in general business and commercial considerations such as contracts and employment law, our Motorsport team is able to advise upon a multitude of areas that arise for their clients in the sector including:

  • Driver  &  KeyMan contracts
  • Sponsorship Agreements
  • Merchandising Agreements
  • Manufacturing Agreements
  • Endorsement agreements
  • Engine Contracts Technology Agreements
  • Supply Agreements
  • Team Agreements
  • Disciplinary and Regulatory Issues
  • Rulebook interpretation and Infringement actions
  • Brand management
  • Reputation Management Issues
  • Publication Issues
  • Privacy Issues
  • Defamation
  • Intellectual Property Registration,
  • Protection and infringement
  • Software licensing and licensing of new technologies
  • Design Rights
  • Patent Rights
  • Trademark Rights
  • Copyrights
  • Trade Secrets
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Restraint of trade
  • Non-Compete Agreements
  • Walled-Garden (Leave) Provisions
  • Know-how Management
  • Distribution agreements
  • Business sale or purchases
  • Development agreements
  • Exploitation of technology
  • Dispute resolution
  • Disciplinary hearings Image rights,
  • personality rights and privacy
  • Circuit development and construction and related rights
  • Property acquisition and planning in relation to stadiums and  circuits etc
  • Health and safety
  • Advising on corporate and regulatory governance
  • Commercial and regulatory issues
  • Event management
  • Ambush marketing
  • Strategic alliances
  • Sports injury
  • Work permit/entry clearances
  • Regulation and governance of sport
  • Breach of contract claims
  • Risk management
  • Creativity Management
  • Psychology Management
  • Joint venture and partnership agreements
  • Research and development agreements
  • Business start up advice and company incorporations

Recent Work Undertaken

Recent work undertaken includes advising and representing:

  • Advising an Olympic three day event rider on the sale and purchase of event horses; A world champion on  image rights;
  • Shareholders of a well known sports entity on regulatory matters and the impact on investment value Key-men on exits (individually and as a group) from the team;
  • Representing and advising drivers on appeals against points and suspensions;
  • Representing and advising teams on National and  International Competition Regulations
  • Representing and advising teams on non-discrimination and anticompetitive practice;
  • Representing and advising on manufacturers negligence
  • Advising on class-action claims against regulators
  • Advising and drafting contracts for teams in respect of merchandising and sponsorship arrangements;
  • Drafting Host City Agreements
  • Advising and drafting contracts for teams in respect of piracy of merchandising and suit-design rights
  • Advising and representing in mediation entities concerning media rights disputes involving live meeting broadcast and data rights ;
  • Advising (and contract drafting) a leading motorsport team on the drafting and negotiation of driver contracts;
  • Advising (and contract drafting) a leading motorsport team on reviewing engine and chassis supply agreements;
  • Advising (and contract drafting) for Drivers and teams regarding title sponsorship; Advising a driver on mid-contract termination of his contract
  • Advising both regulatory and representative bodies in relation to rule changes;
  • Advising Individuals involved in sport in relation to comment made in the written media
  • Advising track owners in relation to liabilities Advising track owners in relation to lake-overs
  • Advising Individuals involved in sport in relation to comment made in the written media;
  • Reputation management, takedown and defamation actions for team members and drivers;
  • Drafting F1 agreements
  • Management buy-out of a motor racing school,
  • Repossession of a racing cars
  • Insurance contract disputes
  • Super licence issues
  • Team Financing Agreements
  • Circuit Noise actions concerning misapplied Statutory Nuisance claims and planning objections,
  • Circuit Lease Arrangements
  • Championship Leader Image Rights

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