Motorsport law

Motorsport

Professional racing teams, individual race drivers and personalities, corporate sponsors, suppliers of high-tech racing parts, accessories and componentry all seek the advice of the Bennett & Philp Lawyers' automotive law team.

Why? Because a nexus of our legal team are actually avid racing and motoring enthusiasts themselves, keenly following all the spills, thrills and unique challenges that has made motorsport what it is today. We understand the industry.

Among our team of lawyers,  enthusiasts competitively race Lotuses and vintage open-wheelers and participate in interclub championships. We also lay claim to owning a stable of sports and performance cars that include Alfa Romeo, BMW, Jaguar, Mercedes, MG, Porsche, Sprite, Triumph. We even have classic Fords, Holdens, Minis and VWs tucked away in our garages.

Driving to our strengths, Bennett & Philp Lawyers launched our motorsport practice with a race car sponsorship and have thrown our support behind up and coming driver, Liam McAdam, a multiple national champion who drove in the V8 Supercar Dunlop Series, including 11th on debut at Bathurst. This year Liam will be competing in the Toyota 86 Racing Series. Check out Liam in action below:

Proud to be appointed as the law firm of choice by the Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTAQ) in 2010, we are also excited to announce our major sponsorship of the MTA Queensland Racing Team. The team debuts in Series X3 Queensland with race driver David Wood at the wheel. David will line up with more than 20 cars on the starting grid at Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick.

If you are looking for legal professionals with specific motorsport knowledge and experience, our enthusiastic team can assist you with:

  • general business and commercial issues;
  • Gen2 Supercar rules;
  • employment law;
  • driver and team contracts;
    • formation;
    • equity;
    • rights;
    • disputes, and
    • termination
  • salary contracts for drivers;
  • co-driver agreements;
    • rights;
    • lap access, and
    • damage cover.
  • insurance agreements;
  • licensing;
  • corporate sponsorships;
    • sponsorship proformas - simple and complex agreements;
    • restraints and conflicts
  • high tech engineering and engine supply contracts;
  • merchandising arrangements and distribution agreements;
  • intellectual property rights:  
  • confidentiality agreements;
  • dispute resolution;
  • Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) judiciary appeals;
    • unfair penalties;
    • CAMS decisions, and
    • vehicle conformance.
  • media and handling the press.

Our dedicated motorsport legal team has the expertise to guide your racing career, maximise your rights and future potential.

Bennett & Philp Lawyers is a clear leader in motorsport: our team is highly skilled, we are passionate about motoring - and it's in our DNA.