Sport for Business 30 Under 30 – Paddy Murphy

Paddy Murphy is a sports and litigation lawyer at William Fry where he is a key member of the William Fry Sports Group.

This dedicated sector-specific sports law unit advises clients operating directly or indirectly within the sports industry.

Murphy works with governing bodies, clubs, competitions and county boards including the IRFU, Six Nations, Tipperary GAA and Horse Racing Ireland, amongst other clients in the sports industry.

He has particular expertise in disciplinary matters. In GAA disciplinary matters, he recently appeared before the Dispute Resolutions Authority on behalf of two hurlers who were suspended for the All-Ireland Intermediate Club Hurling final.

He also recently advised Tipperary GAA on a disciplinary appeal following a red card offence. In rugby disciplinary matters, he assisted with an appeal hearing at the Rugby World Cup 2019 and has assisted with Champions Cup and Pro14 disciplinary hearings for Leinster Rugby in recent years.

Murphy regularly publishes articles about legal issues in the sports industry. In the past 12 months, he has published articles about the GDPR implications of sports clubs using Whatsapp, the recently amended right to a public hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport and competition law concerns around Rule 40 of the Olympic Charter, to name a few.

Murphy studied History and Irish at the University of Limerick before gaining a first-class Masters in Common Law at UCD.  Last year he completed his Diploma in Sports Law at the Law Society of Ireland.

He continues to play senior hurling for his club Nenagh Éire Óg in Tipperary and played senior hurling for Tipperary in the past.


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Do you know someone that has risen quickly through a career in sports administration, sponsorship or other areas where sport and business crossover that you believe deserves recognition?

We want to hear from you.

The criteria for submission is that the person should be working within the sports industry, or in a sponsorship or agency capacity that is bringing sport to life, and that they should be born in or after 1990.

The list will build up over the coming weeks and we will gather as a group in May of this year to meet with alumni from previous years and to further the creation of a network of people making a real difference within our industry.

The nomination process is simple. Contact us today, quoting 30 under 30 in the subject line, with a name and a few lines on why you or they could be one of our 30 Under 30 for 2020.


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