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Cabinet BERTRAND, French sports lawyers based in Paris (France)
Since 1973, expert in sports law

We assist athletes, players and professional coaches, clubs. We are also the advisor of players unions or sports stakeholders.
For nearly 50 years, the firm's double characteristic has been that the practice of its lawyers has been:

Exclusively devoted to the practice of Sports Law

entirely devoted to the defense of interests of athletes (athletes, players and coaches)

Lawyers registered with the Bars

of Paris, Arizona and Quebec


Created in March 1973 by Maîtres DERODE, LACOURT, FOURNET and PLAISANT, they were joined in November 1973 by Maître Jean-Jacques BERTRAND, then trainee lawyer. He became a partner on November 29, 1975, then manager since December 7, 1979.  
Christophe Bertrand is a lawyer since 1998. He became partner in 2004.
Maître Jean-Jacques BERTRAND, lawyer in sports law

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Jean-Jacques Bertrand

    • Graduated from Panthéon-Assas University and holder of the Certificate of Judicial Studies, 
    • International Arbitrator (between 2002-2010) at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), 
    • Member of the Arbitration Chamber for Sport of the French National Olympic Committee,
    • Member of the Board of director of Sports Lawyers Association in the USA,
    • Co-founder of the International Association of Football Lawyers (AIAF), 
    • Author of a practical work "The Sports and its Agent".

He regularly speaks at the Master of Sports Law at the University of Aix-Marseille and at the Master of Legal Professions in Sport at the University of Burgundy.

Christophe BERTRAND

    • Holder of a Masters in International Business Law issued by the University of Paris I (1994) and a DEA in Civil and Commercial Obligations Law issued by the University of Paris V (1995),
    • Member of the Specialization Jury "Sports Law" of the National Council of Bars and the Sports Law and New Professions Commissions of the Lawyer of the Paris Bar,
    • Co-founder and treasurer of the International Association of Football Lawyers (AIAF),
    • Co-founder and President since 2015 of the Association of French Sports Lawyers (AADSport).

He is working for the Masters in Legal Professions in Sport at the University of Burgundy and Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne.

Maître Christophe BERTRAND, lawyer in sports law

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Cabinet BERTRAND members

Associate lawyers - Jurists - Assistants

Carl STEPHAN, sports law lawyer

Collaborating lawyer


Holder of a Master 2 in Private Law from the University of Paris-Est-Créteil and a University Diploma in Sports Law, Anouk BERNARD has been practicing as a lawyer since 2023.       

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Maître François GLEVAREC, lawyer in sports law


Baptist HUON

Holder of the Master 2 Legal Professions of Sport from the University of Burgundy Dijon and the Master 2 Litigation, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution of the'University of Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas Paris, Baptiste HUON has been practicing as a lawyer since 2022.

He is also mmember of the Disciplinary Commission of first instance of the French Canoe-Kayak Federation as well as of the Ethics and Deontology Commission of the French Swimming Federation

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Laurence LAMBERT, legal assistance

Juridic assistance

Laurence LAMBERT

Laurence LAMBERT is Legal Assistant at Bertrand sports law firm for over 20 years.

Carl STEPHAN, sports law lawyer



Holder of the Master 2 General Private Law course “ Contracts and Business Responsibility » from the University of Rennes 1 and the Master 2 Business Law course « Sports Law » from the University of Aix-Marseille, Carl has worked as a lawyer within the Firm since 2022.  

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A little bit of history ...

Jacques BERTRAND, co-founder of UNFP and FIFPRO
Co-founder ofFrench Union of Professional Football Players (UNFP)

First plea,

In 1973, the first plea of ​​Maître Jean-Jacques BERTRAND was alongside Jacques ANQUETIL in a completely precursor dispute for the time which opposed the five-time winner of the Tour de France to URSSAF (question of subjection to contributions self-employed from the allowances he received from the post-Tour criterium organizers). At the end of this dispute, the professional cyclist (like any professional athlete) was recognized by the Court of Cassation as an entertainer.

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.