In the 1990s, Shepherd and Wedderburn began working with The R&A on specific issues and went on to advise on the club’s restructuring. In 2004, the club devolved its governance and commercial activities to a group of companies known as The R&A, but it remains one of the world’s premier members’ golf clubs.
Over the past 20 years, The R&A has been the anchor client of the firm’s business of sport group, and we have developed an ever closer relationship. Shepherd and Wedderburn provides advice on the legal requirements for the staging of The Open each year, from the practical contracts to stage the world’s most prestigious Major Championship, through to international trade mark protection and media rights agreements.
In addition, the firm has worked for many years with different parts of The R&A on matters as diverse as developing the World Amateur Golf Ranking system, administering changes to the Rules of Golf internationally, supporting the development of new technological and environmental solutions for golf courses and equipment, setting standards for equality and the game’s development and ensuring the preservation of important historical golfing artefacts and data.
Almost every legal specialism across the firm has been deployed to support The R&A over the years and we look forward to continuing our role as a trusted adviser to this most prestigious, innovative and dynamic of clients.
Our lawyers are privileged to work with clients who are leaders in their industries and sectors, in Scotland, the UK and abroad. We are currently supporting businesses in more than 100 jurisdictions, advising on specific projects, helping them expand their overseas operations or supporting them in entering new markets.
Building on our unremitting focus on clients and the contribution they make to the economy, we have commissioned The University of Strathclyde’s Fraser of Allander Institute to undertake a major research project to help Scottish businesses, organisations and entrepreneurs best position themselves for the future. We have used fresh insights drawn from economic data and long-term global growth forecasts to inform a conversation with our clients and key industry contacts, which will help identify how they – and Scotland – can mitigate the challenges and seize the opportunities in the years ahead against the backdrop of a rapidly-evolving global economy.Find out more