Paul Horvath
Principal

Paul has practised as a solicitor for more than 25 years. He holds Bachelor degrees from Melbourne’s Monash University in Law and Arts, and a Masters Degree in Law from the University of Melbourne focussed on sports law. He has published papers on a range of sporting issues including: Best Practise Governance in Sporting Leagues (Winner ANZSLA Paul Trisley Award 2007), collective agreements, restraint of trade, disciplinary tribunal systems (Runner up, ANZSLA Paul Trisley award, 2005) and the WADA Code and doping in sport (paper published in the Monash University Law Review in August, 2007).

Paul has acted for AFL clubs and players on a range of legal issues, including defamation, AFL tribunal cases (including the Essendon Supplements case), contract disputes and police and intervention order matters. He was Solicitor to Athletes and Officials at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. He was Solicitor to Athletes and Officials at the 2007 FINA World Swimming Championships (Melbourne). He was an AFL Player Agents Arbitration Panel member; tribunal Member Football Federation Victoria(FFV) (2006-2008) and appointed to FFV Appeals Board 2009; athlete representative to Olympic gold medallists in selection appeals for 2012 Olympics and 2010 Commonwealth Games.  He has investigated various sports at international and state level for governance issues, and breaches of athlete codes of conduct at Olympic events. 

In 2010 Australian Olympic Committee appointed Paul to the panel of the National Federal Appeal Tribunal Chair for the Winter Olympics 2010. Paul Horvath won the 2007 Paul Trisley Award presented by the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association for the year’s best academic paper on sports law.

SportsLawyer has a wide range of clients from national sporting organisations, state bodies, clubs, AFL Clubs, and many elite and other athletes.  We have successfully represented a variety of athletes in anti-doping cases, including world champions. 

Paul was recently recognised in the WWL Who's Who Legal publication Australia 2019 -  Sports and Entertainment.  WWL says Independent practitioner Paul Horvath is "very prominent" in the Australian market, says sources who praise his adept handling of disciplinary and governance issues.