Safeguarding in Sport: From Australia to the UK


Richard Bush, a partner in Bird & Bird’s international sports group, and Tom Macken, a senior associate in Bird & Bird’s Sydney office, speak to international safeguarding expert Phil Doorgachurn about safeguarding in sport from both a UK and Australian perspective. Phil has extensive experience of safeguarding in sport, having been the head of safeguarding at Arsenal F.C. and currently working as the Executive Director of YMCA Australia.

You can listen here.

Richard is an associate in our Sports Group, based in London. He advises on a range of sports-related issues including challenges to regulatory decisions, rules and regulations, disciplinary matters (including doping and corruption cases) and commercial dispute resolution. He has acted for numerous international and national governing bodies, event organisers, clubs, other rights holders and individuals across a range of sports including football, motor sports, rugby union, cricket, and tennis.
Tom is a Senior Associate in Bird & Bird’s Media, Entertainment and Sports Group in Sydney. He regularly advises a broad range of clients across the sector, including national and international sports governing bodies, event organisers, player associations and other commercial stakeholders in relation to a range of corporate, commercial and regulatory matters. On the commercial front, he has advised on media rights and broadcast deals, sponsorship agreements, production services agreements as well as venue hire, licensing and content deals, data rights and various other general commercial agreements. On the regulatory front, he has advised clients in relation to a range of issues relating to major events, sports governance, player contracting, broadcasting, media and content regulatory issues, anti-corruption, gambling, advertising, and consumer protection issues. He also regularly presents on a range of key issues that are relevant to the sports and entertainment sectors, including child safeguarding in sport, restraints of trade in a sporting context, sports data rights, major events legislation and governance in a sporting context.

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