International Sports Lawyer
David Becker is an international sports lawyer and former General Counsel for the International Cricket Council. David has advised a range of leading businesses, governing bodies and athletes in his career, such as NIKE, Vodafone, the International Rugby Board, England & Wales Cricket Board, Paralympic World Cup, Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and Royal Thames Yacht Club. David has written chapters in the first edition of "Sport: Law and Practice" by Taylor and Lewis and recently published the first book dedicated to the legal aspects of event management, entitled "The Essential Legal Guide to Events".
He has advised on a number of high profile sponsorship deals, including Vodafone’s sponsorship of Ferrari and Michael Schumacher, Vodafone’s sponsorship of David Beckham, NIKE's multi-million pound sponsorship agreement with the RFU, (including the Rugby World Cup-winning England Rugby team) and Reliance’s US$102 million sponsorship of the International Cricket Council. Born and educated in Cape Town, David has also advised several leading South African sportsmen, including Ernie Els, Lucas Radebe, Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen, Mark Fish, Shaun Bartlett, Benni McCarthy, Aaron Mokoena and Steven Pienaar. He has appeared on BBC News 24, BBC World, Radio Five Live and BBC Prime Time News on regular occasions advising on various high profile matters ranging from the Sven-Goran Erikkson affair to drug scandals involving Rio Ferdinand, Dwain Chambers, the Russian Football team, and Greg Rusedski.
A keen sportsman, David represented Western Province at squash and has completed 27 marathons, including the 7-day Sahara Ultramarathon. He is a co-founder of the South African-based charity Starfish and is a trustee of the international charity Beyond Sport