Sports Law

Sports Law

We offer a bespoke service to clients from the world of sport who are facing damage to their reputation.

Our client roster ranges from Premiership footballers to Olympic athletes in claims involving defamation, privacy and press harassment.

Elite sportspeople realise that reputation is everything. If your reputation is tarnished, not only is it humiliating and upsetting but it will also have an impact on your ability to attract sponsorship and lucrative advertising deals. It may also damage your prospects for future earnings once you leave sport.

Alongside traditional media outlets, there has been a huge growth in social media and online publications which means that your reputation could be destroyed in seconds.

Taylor Hampton’s solicitors are acknowledged experts in dealing with defamation, privacy and harassment. Members of the firm have previously acted for the press and worked in the media, so they have a unique insight into how the press operates. We bring all our experience to bear and act quickly to defend reputations, making use of a powerful array of weapons:

Early Action

The quicker we can act, the better the outcome. The best way to protect your reputation and defend yourself from defamation, harassment, or a violation of your privacy is to prevent a story reaching publication in the first place. This can be achieved through urgently corresponding with the author or publisher prior to publication, failing which we are experienced in applying to the Court for an injunction where appropriate.


If a damaging story has been published online, we work hard to ensure that it is promptly removed. Where required, we can track down the culprits even if they are anonymous.

After Publication

If a damaging story appears in the printed press or on TV we can insist on an early and fulsome apology or correction, together with payment of appropriate compensation and your legal costs. This is often enough to set the record straight.

Legal Action

We are litigation experts and we have a strong track record of successfully suing in the High Court in relation to damaging publications. Remedies we obtain include undertakings not to repeat an article; an apology; payment of damages and costs and, where appropriate, a statement in open court. In some cases, we obtain an injunction to stop a story being published.


If you are concerned that your reputation or privacy is about to be or has been compromised or if you are being harassed, contact our experienced team of sports  lawyers on 020 7427 5970 or [email protected]