We have a vast knowledge of dealing with all areas of the law as it pertains to sport. This experience has been gained over the last 25 years and where the Partners of Salerno Law have always had a keen personal interest in sport.

Over the years we have provided legal advice to clients including NRL teams, NRL players, professional soccer players, AFL players, professional golfers, NBL players, professional cricketers, professional jockeys, MMA fighters, professional rodeo riders and owners of various professional sport franchises.

Our team regularly provides legal advice to the owners and operators of sporting entities. This includes advice to investors and companies involved in the purchase and sale of sporting entities. Also providing advice in relation to employment, regulatory and insurance issues faced by sporting entities.

Salerno Law are the Human Element in Law and have considerable experience, and also a passion for, working with professional athletes to ensure that their business interests are promoted and protected both during the sporting career and after their career ends.

Cliff has a long history of being involved in sport and this includes playing semi-professional soccer in both Scotland and Australia. In addition, attending Edinburgh University on a golf scholarship. Cliff continues his passion for sport by sitting on various sport judiciary committees including Basketball Australia, Football Queensland and Gold Coast Rugby League.


  • advising professional athletes and sporting clubs/entities as to matters pertaining to their intellectual property

  • assisting professional athletes in setting up companies and business ventures (such as fitness centres, hotels, coffee shops, labour hire, machinery hire, coaching clinics, apps and clothing brands)

  • advising professional athletes as to contractual matters

  • advising professional athletes and sporting club/entities as to the legal remedies available following serious injuries suffered during sport (including career ending injuries and concussions)

  • advising sporting clubs/entities as to insurance issues (including injuries to spectators and staff)

  • appearing before judiciary and disciplinary panels on behalf of both players and clubs

  • advising in relation to integrity/doping issues (including appearing before the Sports Integrity tribunal and also previously acting for and advising The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority)


Acting for a consortium of professional athletes who formed a business venture to develop property throughout Australia. Advising as to the best corporate vehicle to be utilised and thereafter assisting with the sale and development of the property.

Advising one of Australia’s most successful sporting teams as to the current insurance policies and coverage in place in relation to player injury (including concussion related injuries).

Appearing before a Sports Tribunal on behalf of a professional athlete who had received an initial disqualification of 7 years. The appeal was successful which resulted in the disqualification being removed.

Acting for a major clothing brand during their sponsorship of professional athletes both in Australia and overseas.

  • Cliff Savala

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If your case can be settled without going to court, this is usually best for everyone. To find out if alternative dispute resolution is appropriate for you case, book a consultation with a professional at Salerno Law. Call us on +61 7 5575 8011 to get in touch with our QLD office or +61 8 9169 2206 to reach our WA office.