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.
Dealing with disputes20 September 2017
Not every in house sports lawyer is a litigator by trade but should the circumstances arise, all will need to be ready to attack or defend, and lead their organisation to a successful outcome.
Becoming a media entity20 June 2017
Today everyone has the ability to become a publisher or broadcaster, and most sports rights holders are now, even if they don’t realise it, in the process of becoming a media entity, creating and distributing content.
Alex Kelham interviewed for New Law Journal19 April 2017
In the interview Alex Kelham discusses her route into becoming an in-house lawyer, as well as commenting on her involvement at the London 2012 Olympics.
UK Select Committee urges Government to adopt flexible system for EU migration13 April 2017
Andrew Osborne has been quoted in an article for 'World Sport Advocate' discussing EU migration and how it is affecting UK sport.
Tackling the ticket bots: A legal update11 April 2017
Sarah Elwes has written an article for SportsPro which looks at how current regulation is set up to deal with ticket touts and the ‘secondary market’, and what sporting bodies as well as governments can do to tackle it.
Promotion of Head of Sports Business featured in New Law Journal04 April 2017
Head of Sports Business, Alex Kelham has been featured in New Law Journal as she is promoted to partnership.
James Gill comments for Real Business: What you should know about naming and shaming of late payers04 April 2017
Head of Lewis Silkin's Commercial and Technology group, James Gill has written an article for Real Business on the latest payment reporting regulations that came into force this month.