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.
Karish Andrews comments for Sportcal: Clubs reject CVC's £275m Premiership bid but would sell minority13 September 2018
Karish Andrews comments in an article for Sportcal, which discusses the clubs in the Gallagher Premiership rejecting a £275-million offer from CVC Capital Partners.
Sports Q&A - EU trade marks post-Brexit03 September 2018
We hold registered EU trade marks to protect our tournament name and logos. Post-Brexit will we still have protection in the UK?
Sports Q&A – Maternity leave and equal opportunities31 July 2018
Was it fair for Serena Williams to be seeded at Wimbledon?
Lucy Lewis comments for HR Grapevine: Serena Williams Wimbledon return sparks maternity debate17 July 2018
In an article for HR Grapevine, Lucy Lewis comments on the case of Serena Williams' seeding at this year's Wimbledon tournament and explains that the protection of a women's position at work must be proportionate, in connection with maternity leave, pregnancy or childbirth.
Alex Kelham comments for The Times: Froome’s race to restore reputation05 July 2018
In an article for The Times, Alex Kelham discusses Chris Froome's uphill battle to restore his reputation and how the media's coverage could make a big difference to shake the negative perception.
Sports Q&A – Corporate governance - key things to know29 June 2018
I’m taking on an in-house role with a professional sports team and will have responsibility for ensuring the board meets its corporate governance requirements. What are some of the key things I should know?