Legal Advice & Expert Opinions

SportLegis provides legal advice in the form of early case assessments, expert opinions and regulatory / contract drafting in international sports law matters.

The sectors covered include not only football but also all Olympic and non-Olympic sports, in contractual, disciplinary (doping-related and other, non-doping disciplinary disputes) and governance issues.

We also deliver tailored research and legal advice to national and international sports-governing bodies aiming to optimize their regulatory framework / dispute resolution mechanisms and comply with international standards of good governance.

SportLegis equally provides assistance in sport mediation. As a former Head of Mediation at CAS and CEDR / Harvard accredited mediator, Despina Mavromati has extensive experience in contractual, election and governance issues that were successfully resolved through mediation and can effectively accompany her clients in CAS mediation proceedings or act as mediator in ad hoc mediation proceedings.

Dispute Resolution

SportLegis represents clients in contractual, disciplinary and governance sports-related matters before CAS, FIFA, UEFA and other major sports judicial instances/ arbitral institutions based in Switzerland and abroad.

Dr. Despina Mavromati has a longstanding and in-depth knowledge of the mechanics and the CAS jurisprudence, obtained also through her previous position as CAS Managing Counsel until 2017.

Despina has been appointed as counsel or expert witness in many recent high-profile sports arbitrations, which have resulted in landmark decisions in the sports world. She also serves as an arbitrator at the tribunals of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF).

Who’s Who Legal – Switzerland 2018: Despina Mavromati is a “widely known name in the Swiss market” and demonstrates an “impressive dedication to her clients and the work” 

Who’s Who Legal – Switzerland 2019 “Most highly regarded”:

“Despina Mavromati is “an extremely clever lawyer” with an impressive practice. She is widely recognized for her skill in arbitration, representing various parties including sports federations, clubs and individual athletes.”