Billions of pounds are spent and made globally each year as the business of sport grows ever-more sophisticated. The interaction between athletes, agents, fans, clubs, venues and governing bodies – as well as the brands that engage with them – is intricate and ever-changing.
These relationships and the complex framework of rights and regulations which surround them are what the business of sport is built upon, requiring specialist knowledge, a strategic approach and real commercial nous on the part of legal advisers.
As one of the UK’s leading sports practices, we are not just seasoned legal experts, we have a deep and rich knowledge of the sector. Many of our team are ex-professional athletes or have worked in-house at clubs, sponsors and major events. From negotiating global sponsorship deals, advising on player, manager and backroom staff employment issues, and implementing complex football financing deals, to advising on player transfers, sports immigration, brand protection and a wide range of commercial contracts and disputes, we bring to bear the added dimension of practical experience and in-depth insight.
That’s exactly why we act for some of the world’s biggest names in sport.
Protecting your brand16 November 2017
It is as a sad fact that athletes, coaches and managers will, however iconic, come and go. What underpins the real value of a sports organisation is a strong brand. It is therefore worth protecting, but the protection must be pro-active and strategic.
Alex Kelham comments for Sports Market Intelligence: The lion's share: Premier League v UKIP13 October 2017
Alex Kelham’s article has been published in SportCal which discusses the new UKIP lion (logo) and its possible trade mark infringement on The Premier League.
Brands and IP newsnotes - issue 613 October 2017
Welcome to the 6th edition of our Brands & IP newsnotes put together to bring you the latest, and most interesting legal developments affecting intellectual property law. In this issue we cover; battlegrounds on Amazon listings, whether prestigious brands can prevent their resellers from selling online, the EU's position paper on IP rights, an quick guide on rights for designs, and trade mark infringements.
Karish Andrews writes for SportCal: The Neymar Transfer a watershed moment for football21 September 2017
Sports Business Group Partner, Karish Andrews has written an article for SportCal which discusses the recent transfer of Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior from Barcelona to Paris St-Germain, and the impact of this transfer on the wider football economy.
Andrew Osborne comments for Bloomberg: Premier League Fights to Retain Playing Talent After Brexit15 September 2017
Andrew Osborne has commented in an article for Bloomberg which discusses the affect of Brexit on the Premier League retaining and attracting foreign players.
Iain McDonald comments for the Financial Times: Fantasy Football01 September 2017
Iain McDonald has commented in an article for the the Financial Times Wealth which discusses the rise of Fantasy Football and where all the money went. Iain’s comments suggest it would take a new methodology before Fantasy Football’s intellectual property could be protected.