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KhattarWong LLP
80 Raffles Place #25-01
UOB Plaza 1
Singapore, 048624

Tel: +65 6535 6844
Fax: +65 6534 4892


Annabel Pennefather’s legal career spans more than 30 years. Whilst in practice Annabel has specialized in property law and international business transactions, as well as sports law.

Annabel brings to the practice of sports law her experience in a wide range of sporting roles. These include having been a national hockey player, a sport administrator in national and international sport federations and a technical official at the Olympic Games. She has also served as a Vice President of the International Hockey Federation, a Governing Council member of the Singapore Sports Council and as President of the Singapore Hockey Federation.

Annabel is currently a Vice President of the Singapore National Olympic Council, Deputy President of the International Hockey Federation’s Judicial Commission and a Member of the Olympic Council of Asia’s Sports for All Committee. She has served as Chef de Mission for Singapore’s contingents at a number of major multi-sport Games such as the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002, the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, the Doha Asian Games in 2006, the New Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010 and the Myanmar SEA Games in 2013.

Through her involvement with international and national sport governing bodies, Annabel is well acquainted with the legal and commercial issues relating to sport and the sport industry such as international sport governing body regulations and procedures, the commercial exploitation of sport, event planning and management, sponsorships, structuring and administration of professional leagues, athlete contracts, disciplinary processes and the resolution of legal disputes in sport. She has been listed in The International Who’s Who of Sports Lawyers.

Sports Law Practice:

Our Sports Law Practice Group has lent its expertise to a wide range of sports-related legal issues and all aspects of business activity involving sports such as the legal modeling for the establishment of various professional sports leagues, sponsorships, intellectual property rights, agreements covering merchandising, media, and other business collaborations and to the governance and regulation of sport.

Over the years, the Practice Group has advised Government agencies, International Federations and National Sport Associations. The Group has also assisted sports event organizers and sponsors, sport business consultants, sports agencies, sports clubs, athletes and other stakeholders of sports including the Singapore Sports Council (now known as Sport Singapore), the International Table Tennis Federation, World Sport Group, the Singapore Olympic Foundation, the ASEAN Basketball League, Ultimate Fighting Championship and World Wrestling Entertainment. In 2010, KhattarWong was appointed the Official Legal Services Sponsor for the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games and provided legal services covering a wide range of issues concerning the organization and hosting of the YOG.

Led by Senior Consultant Annabel Pennefather, a pioneer sports law practitioner and Vice President of the Singapore National Olympic Council and Deputy President of the International Hockey Federation Judicial Commission, the Sports Law Practice Group works closely with partners from the firm’s litigation/arbitration, tax, intellectual property, insurance and other practice groups and its Foreign Consultant Stephen Townley, a leading international sports lawyer, to provide a comprehensive approach to its clients through a thorough understanding of the structures and workings of international sport and the business of sport.

KhattarWong LLP:

Founded in 1974, KhattarWong LLP is one of Singapore’s largest law firms. It has an extensive breadth and depth of legal resources with experienced lawyers and professionals from various countries.

KhattarWong is the sole Singapore representative of Taxand which enables our clients to have access to high quality and tailored advice around the world.

Our clients include corporations listed in Fortune 500, private and public companies both local and international, Government Ministries and authorities, leading local and international banks, financial institutions, insurance and technology companies.

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