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The Equaliser - specialist legal advice for the women's sport sector

The popularity of women's sports is increasing rapidly and The Equaliser supports this continued growth. Whether you are an elite athlete or play at grassroots level; including professional and amateur athletes, sports teams and governing bodies, and brands investing in women’s sport.

Our service combines specialist sports law advice and deep know-how across all disciplines, but with a creative approach recognising the commercial challenges faced by women’s sports athletes and organisations.

Our experience

We work with some of the most important and valuable cases in women's sport including:

  • Eni Aluko in her action for bullying and racism against the FA and the former England women’s head coach
  • Steph Houghton and Lucy Bronze on all their personal endorsement deals
  • The England Lionesses in the negotiation of their central contracts
  • Advising on the negotiation of the standard terms of the Women’s Super League playing contract
  • Establishing an independent tribunal to hear the final stage appeals of female athletes regarding an Olympic selection dispute

We have niche expertise in reputational management and have advised household named national and international female players on a range of reputational issues. Matters include defamation, privacy and press disputes involving the top media organisations. We have also implemented protective strategies because of iCloud hacking and personal sensitive data breaches. 

We are founding members of Women in Sports Law, a not-for-profit organisation which provides opportunities for female sports lawyers. The national sports team is led Carol Couse who is widely recognised (including in the legal directories and Who's Who Legal). Her and the team regularly speak on issues affecting women in sport.

Our clients

  • The England Women’s Football team, including individuals such as Steph Houghton, Eni Aluko, Lucy Bronze, Kim Little and Rachel Yankey
  • The FA Women’s Soccer League players
  • The England netball team
  • The Ladies European Tour in golf

and other household names such as:

  • Table tennis international, Karina Le Fevre 
  • GB athlete, Rachel Wallader 
  • GB weightlifter, Michaela Breeze

Your main contacts

  • Carol Couse

    Partner

    Carol Couse

    Partner

    • +(44)(0)16234 8806
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  • Sarah Attwood

    Principal Associate

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    Principal Associate

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