• Sports and Leisure

    Our sports law experts are former sports people.

    Jim Keogh at the helm

    Our principal, Touring car racer Jim Keogh, competed in 10 Hardie Ferodo 1000 races at Bathurst from '77, '78, '79, '80, '83, '84, '85, '86, '87, '88 , check Jim's results by clicking on the year. Finishes included 5th, 6th and 9th places, and first Ford home.

    Our consultant barrister former AFL player, Wayne Henwood represented WA in State of Origin and also played state football for South Australia. He played league football with South Fremantle, Glenelg, and the Swans (Sydney) between 1987 and 1991 and finished his league football career with Melbourne (the Demons) in 1992.

    We offer sound commercial advice and apply practical experience of the sporting industry in Australia to the practicalities of the administrative and legislative requirements, and case law affecting sports people, managers, agencies, and sporting bodies.

    We advise our clients on a broad variety of matters including intellectual property, sponsorship, contract negotiation, contractual disputes, and corporate advice.

    We were the Solicitors to the British Commonwealth Games Committee for the 2006 Melbourne Games: http://www.cgce.co.uk

    In 1996 and 1997 we acted for the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and, in consultation with the Confederation Australian Motor Sport ("CAMS"), we wrote, and later updated, the Agreement between the AGPC and CAMS for the conduct at the sporting level of the Melbourne Grand Prix. This Agreement has remained in use to this time, and has proven to be most satisfactory to the parties. We also wrote all CAMS contracts with various promoters and circuit operators throughout Australia.


    Sydney Swans Football Club

    Some of the sportsmen for whom we act are listed below:

    JK, Brocky and Jacob Cherian (Ausker Group) enjoy a day at Sandown
    Peter Brock with Jim, and Jacob Cherian

      Top Sports Psychologists:

    • Dr. Rudi V. Webster (author of "Winning Ways" and former Manager, West Indies World Series Cricket team), whose new book "Think like a Champion"  has a foreword by Jim Keogh.
    • Dr. Stan Rodski: former Club Phsychologist of  NRL Premiers, Melbourne Storm.http://www.stanrodski.com.au
    • Many other sportsmen and women
              Our clients included the late, great motor racer, PETER BROCK (R.I.P.):
    • It was a very sad day for all at Keogh & Co. when we heard the news that Peter had been killed in a rally accident in Western Australia on 8th September, 2006. Jim Keogh had raced against Peter on many occasions, and they had developed a strong friendship as a result. Peter was not only an out and out champion (10 Bathurst wins is his magnificent unmatched record), but was always straightforward, cheerful and polite to all with whom he dealt. We miss him greatly.

      Peter appointed Jim as joint executor of his last Will, and due to a contest over that Will, Jim was appointed joint Administrator (pro colligendum bona) by Mr. Justice Gillard in the Supreme Court of Victoria on 25th January, 2007 jointly with Greg Chambers, Peter's accountant and friend of the 80's, for the purpose of administering the estate of Peter "pro- temp". The question of which of 2 Wills was binding was determined by Hollingworth J. in the Supreme Court with her Judgment delivered on 24th October, 2007 affirming the validity of the 2003 Will and the appointment of Jim as co-executor of that Will. The disputed estate has since been settled on confidential terms.

      SEAN WIGHT (R.I.P.):
      Sean was a close friend of Jim, and client of our firm. He died on 30th June 2011 and his remains now lie in Listowel, Co. Kerry Ireland beside his junior club, the Emmetts', field and clubrooms. Sean came to Australia at 17 years of age, and played 150 brilliant games for Melbourne Football club. A true gentleman, and sadly missed, along with his former teammate, Jim Stynes (R.I.P.).

      Len Thompson was a valued client of Keogh & Co. The Brownlow medallist and 5 time Copeland Trophy winner died suddenly on 17th September, 2007. A hero of Peter Brock's, Len was a dear friend who gladly gave of his time for many causes, and we  miss him very much.