Stephen Sampson

Stephen is a partner in Hammonds' commercial and dispute resolution practice and the head of the sports law group. His expertise covers all aspects of regulatory and contentious work for clients in the sports, media, advertising and marketing services sectors. Stephen acts for national and international governing bodies, rights owners, and clubs, including several Premiership football clubs.Stephen has worked on some of the most high profile sports cases in recent years, including: for Heart of Midlothian in its claim against Andrew Webster and Wigan Athletic for compensation under article 17 of FIFA Regulations; for Chelsea in its claim against Adrian Mutu for compensation for the repudiatory breach of his employment contract; for UEFA and BSkyB against those who unlawfully retransmitted live broadcasts of sports events over the internet, establishing the precedent case for illegal streaming; for the International Tennis Federation in competition law claims before the High Court against the ITF and the grand slam events by adidas, Nike and Puma, relating to the classification of the adidas '3-Stripes' as a manufacturer's identification for the purposes of the respective dress rules; and handles rights protection programmes for major international sporting events.Stephen represents clients before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, as well as national and European courts. He is widely published in sports law journals and regularly speaks at conferences on aspects of sport and commercial law.

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