since 1973

For over 40 years, the double feature of BERTRAND sports law Firm is that the activity of its lawyers

  • firstly, is devoted exclusively to the practice of sports law,

  • secondly, is entirely devoted to the defense of the interests of the actors of sport (athletes, coaches and players, amateurs and professionals).

BERTRAND law firm LLP was established in March 1973. Then, the partners are the lawyers Jean Derode, Jean LACOURT Guy André FOURNET and PLEASANT.

They are joined in November 1973 by Jean-Jacques Bertrand, then a trainee lawyer. Jean-Jacques Bertrand became a partner in November 29, and is the manager of the Firm since December 1975.

Over the years, the founders lawyers retired. They will be replaced for some time by Isabelle MARCAILLOU DEGASNE, who leaves the Firm in 2001.

Christophe Bertrand is a lawyer since 1998. He became partner in 2004.

Since the name of the Firm has not changed: "Cabinet BERTRAND & Partner". The address of the BERTRAND & Partner Cabinet is immutably the same since, 15 boulevard Richard Lenoir in Paris (11ème).

BERTRAND Law Firm is ranked among the best experts in France in sports law (ranking ).

Our services

The main areas of expertise in Sports Law of BERTRAND & Partner law firm

Labor law

Ensure respect of the rights of the athlete at the conclusion, execution or termination of his employment contract

Administrative law

Federal Commission, the French Olympic Committee, Anti-Doping Agency, Administrative Tribunal ... challenge a regulatory sanction, disciplinary or doping decision

Right picture sponsorship

Image contract, sponsorship, partnership, defense of privacy of the athletes

International law

In French or English, accompanying the athletes to CAS, CJEU, FIFA, FIBA ​​and other international sporting bodies

Tax Law

Accompany athletes in their administrative procedures, tax returns and recovery procedures

Representative lawyer

Legally accompany everyday athlete in monitoring his sporting career

The Sports Law

A specialty

Maître Jean-Jacques Bertrand practices this specialty from the beginning. His first pledge was alongside the cyclist Jacques Anquetil in a litigation precursor for the time (early 70's) who opposed the five times winner of the Tour de France to French Tax administration (concerning the status of price money received in rallies).

After this dispute, professional cyclists (as well as any professional athlete) were recognized by the Supreme Court as artists.

At the same time as the ANQUETIL case, Jean-Jacques Bertrand intervene in the first dispute between a professional football coach and his club. Lucien Leduc is opposed to Olympique Marseille, who had given his head coach position to the assistant coach as the professional team was poised to win the title of Champion of France. The Supreme Court will say that this unilateral contract modification by the employer was a breach of the employment contract. This will be the first of many other decisions consistently held and abundant now to protect coaches.

With the support of Christophe Bertrand since 1998, BERTRAND sports law Firm continues to practice exclusively this specialty.

Oriented on the defense of athletes, the action of BERTRAND sports law Firm is always guided by the application of common law to the world of sports. While the sports world can assert particularisms, or as it claims 'specifics', common law should be the reference.

Bertrand sports law Firm assists many sports professional players and coaches in all sports. It is also the Council of sports unions, or sports groups. It participates in committees developing sports regulations and is involved in national or international meetings on sports law.


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April 21, 2017
Soccer - Luzenac The general manager spoke before the passage of the club ariégeois before the court Tuesday.

Sportmag February 2017, "The versatility primarily"

February 14, 2017
The Sportmag magazine portrays Mr. Jean-Jacques Bertrand in its latest issue February 2017. In 70 years, Jean-Jacques Bertrand is one of the first lawyers to specialize in sports law. Forty years later, it stands ...

Libération, February 6 2017, "When a judge replaces the referee"

February 08, 2017
Mr. Christophe Bertrand was interviewed by the newspaper Libération about a Swedish hockey player prosecuted nearly two years after the fact. A parallel with French law was ...

Marianne, the 9 15 2016 December

January 31, 2017
Mr. Christophe Bertrand was interviewed in the weekly Marianne about "Football Leaks". Find below its intervention.

France Info, December 9 2016, on the case of "Football Leaks"

December 14, 2016
Maître Jean-Jacques Bertrand, interviewed in the 7 | 9 France Info on the case of "Football Leaks" and the entourage of professional football players.

L'Equipe, November 6 2016, "PSG: Hatem Ben Arfa, his entourage under the microscope"

November 08, 2016
The newspaper L'Equipe investigated the player's entourage of Paris Saint-Germain, Hatem Ben Arfa, including Mr. Jean-Jacques Bertrand, who is the lawyer.

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Bertrand & Associé is looking for a lawyer (M / F)

July 12, 2017
The firm Bertrand & Associé is looking for a full-time lawyer (H / F), holder of an 2 Master in Sports Law.

Cabinet Bertrand presents his best wishes

January 31, 2017
Cabinet Bertrand and his team present their best wishes for the new year.

New Cabinet Bertrand Site

November 28, 2016
Welcome to the new Cabinet Bertrand Site.

Football: Paris Administrative Court reinstated the SU Dives-Cabourg CFA 2

September 20, 2016
Bertrand Cabinet is pleased to be able to attend the club SU Dives-Cabourg and its employees (players and administrative) and to have contributed to the reinstatement of the Club of France Amateur Championship (CFA 2).

2016 General Meeting of AIAF

September 07, 2016
Christophe and Jean-Jacques Bertrand masters were re-elected to the Executive Committee of the International Association of Football of Lawyers at the General Assembly in September 6 2016 to ...

6ème Court of Arbitration for Sport Conference

September 02, 2016
Master Jean-Jacques Bertrand and Christophe are present in Lausanne for 6ème Court of Arbitration for Sport Conference.
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