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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Quote from Mr. Jean-Jacques BERTRAND following the early termination of the employment contract ...

January 31, 2017
Following his intervention in the case of Marcelo BIELSA, former coach of the Lille football team, Jean-Jacques BERTRAND is again cited concerning the early termination of the contract of work of Guy NOVES in the rugby sector.

Le Monde, 31 December 2017: "Hatem Ben Arfa is in no hurry to leave the PSG"

January 31, 2017
Maître Jean-Jacques BERTRAND had the opportunity to express himself, a few weeks ago, with the newspaper Le Monde, on the evolution of the situation of Hatem BEN ARFA at PSG

Europe 1, 28 december 2017: interview of Me BERTRAND on the early break for serious misconduct of ...

December 29, 2017
Me Christophe BERTRAND was interviewed by Europe 1 about the early break for serious misconduct of the coach of the XV of France, Guy NOVES

The World, November 23 2017: Bielsa Licensed - "Sports results can not be ...

November 28, 2017
Jean-Jacques BERTRAND spoke in the newspaper Le Monde about the dismissal of LOSC coach Marcelo BIELSA

Equidia, 17 November 2017, Association of Jockeys: "The strange conflict of the social status of ...

November 21, 2017
The newspaper Equidia recalls the various positions of the Association of Jockeys, France Galop and associations of owners of horses in the context of the conflict on the social status of the Jockeys.

The team, 15 November 2017, PSG - Ben Arfa: "The PSG and Hatem Ben Arfa are reconciled"

November 20, 2017
The newspaper L'Équipe came back to the meeting that took place at the LFP in the presence of the player Hatem BEN ARFA and his lawyer, Maître Jean-Jacques BERTRAND, as well as representatives of Paris Saint-Germain.

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The Law of Sport holds its first novel!

December 05, 2017
The firm Bertrand & Associé welcomes the release of the novel "Dreamcatcher" which takes place partly in the world of a law firm specializing in sports law.

Jockeys Association: November 24 Press Release 2017

November 24, 2017
Official press release of the General Association of Jockeys of Galop in France following the meeting at the Ministry of Agriculture of 22 November 2017 concerning the respect of their social status.

Cabinet BERTRAND intervenes at the International Campus 2017 of the Bar Association of the Bar Association of ...

November 08, 2017
Mr. Christophe BERTRAND will speak at the 2017 International Campus organized 13 and 14 November 2017 in Madrid, Spain.

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.
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