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The Top UAE Sports & Gaming Lawyers 2022


The Who's Who Legal (WWL) Sports & Gaming 2022 guide was released recently on 30 September. According to WWL, "Sports & Gaming seeks to identify lawyers who advise clients active in the gambling, gaming, leisure and sports sectors, in addition to, providing commercial and regulatory-focused advice. Our sports chapter covers the full spectrum of sports from football, rugby, golf and cricket to sailing, power boat racing and motor sports. On the gaming side, those listed will advise on matters including regulatory compliance, licence applications, transactions and contentious proceedings.


This year the guide identified 318 leading sports lawyers and 134 gaming lawyers in the international marketplace. Only 7 lawyers from the GCC made it onto the prestigious list with 3 located in Qatar and the following 4 in the UAE:

  • Joby Beretta from The Bench

  • Steve Bainbridge from Squire Patton Boggs

  • Jamie Ryder from DLA and

  • Wael Jabsheh from Akin Gump

The Bench's Sports & Gaming team provides a full range of advice to the sector including:

  • Sponsorship / Brand Ambassador Agreements

  • Player Agreements and related employment advice

  • Event Management

  • Tournament Set-Ups

  • Regulatory Body Approvals

  • Broadcasting / Media Rights Agreements

  • e-Sports

  • Corporate Set-Ups and Licensing

The Bench's Sports & Gaming lawyers are also recognised as specialists in this field by Chambers and Partners Global, which noted that our “expertise includes TMT, hospitality and sports” and Legal 500 which describes us as "client-focused efficient and unstuffy". Media Law International also notes our "expertise in the media, entertainment and sports industries".


In addition to providing legal advice, The Bench is also uniquely positioned to provide experienced Sports & Gaming lawyers on a secondment basis and/or recruit such lawyers for you. If we can help on any matters please contact joby@thebenchlaw.com.

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