Tiran Gunawardena

Tiran Gunawardena

Principal Associate (AUS. Qualified)

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What can Tiran do for you?

Tiran is a regulatory sports lawyer specialising in international sports arbitration. He advises players’ associations, clubs, athletes and agents on regulatory, commercial, insurance/sport and also cryptocurrency related matters.  

Tiran is also an arbitrator for the UCI, and a member of the Formula 1 Cost Cap Adjudication Panel.

Supporting your ambitions

Tiran represented England international and Atlético Madrid (now Newcastle United) footballer Kieran Trippier in defending betting related charges issued by The Football Association (FA). 

Tiran acted for a Colombian international footballer in a dispute against a Premier League club, and obtained a £2m+ judgment in favour of the player before the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber.  

Tiran successfully defended former World Sailing President, Kim Andersen, in multiple ethics related matters before the World Sailing Ethics Commission. 

Tiran has advised numerous players, agents and clubs in football transfers, including Kieran Trippier on his transfer to Newcastle United. 

What do others say?

Tiran has been repeatedly recognised as a leading international sports lawyer and Global Thought Leader by 'Who’s Who Legal: Sports and Entertainment' from 2018 to 2022.  

Legal 500 describes him as “super smart; like an encyclopedia of sports law” and “brilliant – extremely hardworking; great with clients; excellent industry knowledge; strategic; and fantastic at managing complex, high profile cases.”

What else should you know?

Tiran is dual qualified as an Australian Solicitor and Chartered Accountant, and holds a Masters in International Sports Law from ISDE (Madrid). Tiran is of Sri Lankan heritage, and has lived in Sri Lanka, Singapore, Australia and Spain, so is a truly international lawyer with a broad network of clients and contacts around the world. 

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