The presence at VSA of multiple specialists in various fields of law has enabled it to build up a large clientele in sports law over many years,
as this is an area that is characterised by the wide variety of problems that can arise. Sport has become an increasingly money-oriented and hence colourful business.
Contracts – advice – disputes
A thorough knowledge of contract and company law is essential for both sportspeople and the clubs to which they belong. All too often, a sportsperson’s contract with his or her club lacks transparency, or fails to cover the most important points that determine his or her future. Portrait rights are often not included, leading to unpleasant surprises for the sportsperson.
A clear explanation of tax issues is also advisable, as well as a thorough knowledge of employment and social security law.
Of course, there are also disciplinary disputes, which are best handled by lawyers specialising in criminal and disciplinary law.
VSA’s strength is that it has specialists in all these areas, so that any sportsperson can engage in one-stop shopping, turning to the firm for help with any kind of problem or conflict. one stop shopping can do.
It is therefore no coincidence that VSA now acts on behalf of numerous professional sports clubs, especially in football and cycling (seven professional clubs in the Belgian league and two World Tour cycling teams).
The issues faced by athletes have an international component, so that knowledge of the law of high-level sporting bodies such as FIFA, the International Cycling Union (UCI) and the Olympic Committee (IOC) is required