Sport and Entertainment Law
BA LLB (UCT) GMP (Harvard)
David Becker is an international lawyer specialising in the sports and entertainment industry.
David began his career at Sonnenbergs (now Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs) in 1995 before moving to London to take up a position with leading international law firm Freshfields. Thereafter, he joined specialist sports law firm Collyer Bristow, where he headed up the Sports Group. During that time David was listed by Legal 500 and Chambers as a leading lawyer in the sports sector several years running. In 2007, David was recruited as senior counsel for the International Cricket Council (ICC) in Dubai. He was promoted shortly thereafter to Head of Legal and Senior Executive of the ICC. In 2011, he completed the General Management Programme at Harvard Business School in Boston.
David joined The Sports Consultancy as Director of Legal in 2012. An international professional services firm, The Sports Consultancy offers specialist legal and business consulting services to a number of rights holders, including Volvo Ocean Race, FEI, IRB Sevens and Women's Tennis Association.
David has advised a number of high profile clients in the sports and entertainment industry during his career, including International Cricket Council, NIKE, Vodafone, the International Rugby Board, Paralympic World Cup, Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, MOBO Music Awards and DSTV, as well as a host of leading athletes such as four-time Olympic gold medalist Sir Ben Ainslie, several leading international golfers, South African sports icons Lucas Radebe, Francois Pienaar, Graeme Smith an Elana Meyer, and former FEI President HRH Princess Haya of Jordan. David has written chapters in the first edition of "Sport: Law and Practice" by Taylor and Lewis and in 2007 published the first book dedicated to the legal aspects of event management, entitled "The Essential Legal Guide to Events".
He has appeared on BBC News 24, BBC World, Radio Five Live, BBC Prime Time News and Cape Talk on regular occasions advising on a range of matters in the sports and entertainment sectors.
Outside the office David is a competitive sportsman and endurance athlete. He is a co-founder of the South African Aids charity Starfish, an advisor to the Sports Industry Group and a trustee of Beyond Sport.
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