Tiran Gunawardena

Position: Associate (Australian Qualified)
Phone: +(44)(0)161 234 8708

What can I do for you?

I specialise in sports law with a particular focus on football and international sports arbitration. I advise players’ associations, clubs, players and intermediaries on football regulatory matters. I have also provided advice to clients in employment, commercial and litigation matters in cases involving breach of contract, discrimination, ‘right to play’ issues, training compensation and agents’ fees disputes. I represent clients before sports dispute resolution forums at a domestic and international level including before The FA , FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Supporting my clients’ objectives

Through completing a Masters of International Sports Law and acting as an ad-hoc clerk on CAS cases, I have developed a particular expertise in international sports arbitration which has been beneficial for our clients in disputes before FIFA and the CAS. I also have a strong knowledge of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules and the Intermediaries regulations (both FIFA’s and The FA’s) and have drafted a variety of intermediaries contracts for clients in accordance with the new regulations. I have also published numerous articles in international sports law journals on these topics.

What do others say?

One of the most common things we hear from clients is that we provide practical and straightforward advice with a personal and engaging approach.

We advise on a wide range of legal, commercial and regulatory matters in sport and have been recognised as industry leaders in players’ rights issues (successfully representing footballers in the leading defamation, doping, and discrimination cases), arbitration and litigation (hundreds of cases before dispute resolution bodies, including employment tribunals, The FA, FIFA, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport), insolvency and restructuring (having on over 60 of these matters for sporting clients), advising foreign athletes and clubs (members of our team are fluent in several languages and admitted to practice in a number of international jurisdictions), and our work in women’s sport (advising England women’s football and netball teams, the FA WSL players, and several individual athletes).

Legal 500 describes our sports law team as “first class in every respect.”

Chambers describes our sports law team as having “an outstanding offering in football.”

What else should you know?

Before completing a Masters in International Sports law at ISDE (Madrid) in 2014, I qualified as an Australian solicitor and Chartered Accountant and worked in the corporate tax team at PwC Sydney for almost 4 years. Having lived in Sri Lanka, Singapore, Australia, Spain and now the UK, I’ve developed a broad international network of contacts, particularly in sports law but also in the broader commercial/legal industry which is useful when clients require legal expertise in foreign jurisdictions.