Max has worked for many years advising clients in the sports industry and is one of the UK's recognised leaders in this area of the law.

Max is a partner in our Sports group, based in London.

He advises on a range of issues connected with sport, including rules and regulations, discipline and anti-doping, ticketing, ambush marketing and brand protection, player contracts, commercial sponsorship and dispute resolution.

Max has represented governing bodies, event organisers, clubs, individual athletes, commercial sponsors and agents across a variety of sports including football, rugby union, rugby league, tennis, cricket, athletics, motor sport, combat sport, basketball, greyhound racing and snooker.

He was appointed to the London 2012 Pro Bono Legal Advice Service, established at the request of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) to provide free legal advice and representation for athletes and other participants during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In 2013, Max was appointed to join the British and Irish Lions tour to Hong Kong and Australia as legal officer. He was also appointed to perform the same role for the 2017 tour to New Zealand, where he (among other things) represented Lions players in disciplinary proceedings arising on the tour.

Since April 2016 Max has been a member of UK Sport's Major Events Panel, an advisory body that makes recommendations to the UK Sport board about which major sporting events should receive assistance from UK Sport's lottery/exchequer funding.

A co-author of Bloomsbury’s Sport: Law and Practice, Max regularly contributes to legal journals and the mainstream media on sports law issues. Max is a CEDR-accredited mediator. He is a member of Sport Resolutions’ Mediation Panel, the CEDR Solve Panels, and is an Ombudsman Services Preferred Mediator. He is also on the Sport Resolutions' Arbitration Panel and the Football Association of Ireland Arbitration Panel. 

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Lawyer Testimonials
  1. Max Duthie excels in contentious work on football and sailing, with sources also saying: "He knows his rugby backwards." In addition to advising on regulatory breaches, corporate governance issues and contractual disputes, he has built up a strong expertise in disciplinary actions. He was recently engaged by Virach Chanpanich in his CAS challenge to the results of the Thai FA's presidential election.

    Chambers UK 2016
  2. Max Duthie handles a wide range of contentious and regulatory work. He is highly regarded for his expertise in rugby matters, and acted for European Rugby Cup (ERC) on updating its rules and regulations, and on disciplinary issues. One source said: "He was superb; he prepares and handles a case exceptionally well. He is polite and courteous, and clients have a huge degree of confidence in him because he puts them at ease. A top man."

    Chambers UK, 2015
  3. The ‘excellent' Max Duthie regularly acts in high-profile disputes before sports tribunals.

    Chambers UK 2014