Sports Law sector team
The lawyers in our Sports Law sector team are specialized in the various legal disciplines that play a role in ‘sports law’.
We are veterans in the field of law and we are also active on the field and in the boardroom in sports such as hockey and football. We have a combined advisory and litigation practice in Sports Law, in which we represent clubs and sportspeople in civil courts and before disciplinary tribunals.
Your principal point of contact for Sports Law is Adriaan de Buck.
Adriaan has worked as a lawyer since 1992 and specializes in corporate law, the law of associations and contract law. Adriaan is also a great fan of football and tennis. He is the chairman of the board of directors of HBS, The Hague’s society for football, hockey and cricket. Until recently, he was also the secretary of the Supervisory Board of NV ADO Den Haag (The Hague’s main football club). For many years, Adriaan was a certified tournament leader for the Dutch lawn tennis association KNLTB.
In 1996, he won the Mundiavocat world cup with The Hague Bar in the football world championships for lawyers in Limerick.
The other members of the Sports Law sector team are:
Astrid van Noort (liability, privacy)
Rob Kossen (employment law, contracts)
Marleen Sinnecker (employment law, pensions)
We are also members of the Dutch Sports and Law Society (Vereniging Sport en Recht), and the Dutch Society of Employment Law Lawyers (Vereniging Arbeidsrecht Advocaten Nederland, VAAN)
See our entire team
Sport has been called the most important side issue in life. Bill Shankly, the legendary manager of Liverpool Football Club, once said: “Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it's much more serious than that.” These days, elite sport is also big business. There is often a great deal at stake in terms of money and reputations. As a result, there are a lot of legal issues in sport too. A sportsperson, club or association may face legal problems in various areas.