Football

Sometimes it all seems so simple. A club wants a player. Negotiations start with the player and with his club. Media publish high salaries and fees and it all appears to be merely a matter of signing the dotted line. This is very far from reality. A contract is a binding legal document between an employer and an employee that contains a (large) number of agreements. Therefor obtaining legal advice is an absolute must.

Rules and legislation

Everything becomes even more complex when a foreign club wants the player. Which rules and laws apply? How can you make sure you don’t sign a contract allowing you only very little freedom? For example, are you allowed to sign an individual contract with a company? If so, which conditions apply? Are there any other, e.g. tax related, consequences?

Rules, obligations and rights

So many things to consider, so many rules, so many (possible) obligations and rights. Therefor it is wise to gather information, even before you start thinking about a possible transfer. We know the tricks of the trade. We are familiar with national and international rules and we have a vast international network we can turn to if needed. The game should be the only thing on your mind. You need to be able to leave the legal (and therewith related) issues up to a trustworthy partner. A partner who, if needed, warns you in due time. A partner who knows when it’s time to take action.

Protection

Another very important aspect is your protection as individual player. What happens if you’re confronted with a long-term injury or a persistent disease? What if the club doesn’t pay or threatens not to pay? What about your possible next transfer? Under which circumstances can the club lend you to another club? Do you have a say in this matter?