law firm serving sport and sports athletes since 1973
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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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The Team, 16 October 2017, GFC Ajaccio - Maah: dismissal for serious misconduct following a delay of ...

October 16, 2017
Maître Christophe BERTRAND is questioned in the newspaper L'Equipe on the reasons for the early breach for a serious misconduct of the fixed-term contract of professional football player of Mr. Robert MAAH, attacker of GFC Ajaccio.

RMC Sport, 29 September 2017, PSG - Ben Arfa: the lawyer of the player seizes the legal commission of ...

October 02, 2017
Maître Jean-Jacques BERTRAND spoke on Friday 29 September on the reasons for the referral of the legal commission of the LFP.

2017 ranking of the best law firms in sports law

September 29, 2017
As every year, the magazine "Decision makers: Strategy Finance Law" published its ranking of the best law firms in Sports Law.

RMC Sport, 5 september 2017, PSG - Ben Arfa: the lawyer of the player returns on its shelving of the ...

September 05, 2017
Jean-Jacques BERTRAND on Monday 4 September 2017 on the situation of Hatem Ben Arfa at the PSG in the broadcast Team Duga on Radio RMC.

The Cabinet Bertrand integrates the Who'sWhoLegal 2017

Aug 11, 2017
The Cabinet Bertrand & Associé is integrated in the 2017 version of Who'sWhoLegal.

France Inter, 4 August 2017, Did football go mad?

Aug 07, 2017
Maître Jean-Jacques Bertrand was the guest of the show "Le téléphone sonne" on Friday 4 August 2017 on France Inter to talk about the transfer of Neymar to PSG.

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Québec: Cabinet Bertrand's international sports law activity

October 05, 2017
The Cabinet Bertrand continues to expand internationally. Indeed, Maître François GLEVAREC is registered with the Bar of Quebec - Section Montreal since 15 September 2017.
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BERTRAND at the AIAF Congress in Kiev

September 18, 2017
Masters Jean-Jacques and Christophe BERTRAND, respectively Vice-President and Treasurer of the International Association of Football Lawyers attend the Annual Congress in Kiev, Ukraine.
International Football Association of Lawyers

5th AIAF Congress in Kiev - Minors in Football

September 08, 2017
The International Association of Football Lawyers is organizing the Fifth Annual Congress of the 18 and 19 September 2017 in Kiev (Ukraine). The Congress will be held at the Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv.

Cabinet Bertrand hosts since the 1er September 2017, a new lawyer, Adèle CUEL

September 07, 2017
Adèle CUEL, a lawyer in sports law, has replaced Thierry BARDAUD since his appointment as Director of the Malakoff sports club (Union Sportive Municipale de Malakoff, USMM).

Basketball: Bryson Pope (Caen BC) gets the status of Locally Educated Player (JFL)

Aug 30, 2017
Cabinet Bertrand is pleased to have been able to assist Bryson Pope, French basketball player playing at the Club de Caen BC, in order to obtain his status as a Locally Trained Player (JFL) for the first season of the Club Normand en ProB.

Futsal: the Administrative Court of Paris reinstated Orchies Douai in D2

Aug 11, 2017
Cabinet Bertrand is pleased to have been able to assist the Association Orchies Douai Futsal Club in its dispute with the Fédération Française de Football (FFF) and to have contributed to the reinstatement of the Club in the French Championship of 2ème Division.
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Fax 33 (0) 1 43 57 99 18

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