Tiran Gunawardena

Tiran Gunawardena

Principal Associate (AUS. Qualified)

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What can Tiran do for you?

Tiran is a specialist in sports law and international sports arbitration. He advises players’ associations, clubs, athletes and agents on contractual, regulatory and disciplinary matters before forums including The FA, UEFA, FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

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

Supporting your ambitions

Tiran represented England international and Atlético Madrid 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. 

What do others say?

Tiran was recognised as a leading international sports lawyer by Who’s Who Legal in 2018, 2019 and 2020, and a ‘Thought Leader’ in sports law in 2020.  

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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