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.
Richard Berry comments for Sky Sports: 'How prevalent is tapping up in football transfers today?'21 June 2017
Richard Berry has commented in an article for Sky Sports which explores the issue of 'tapping up' and the sanctity of the transfer market, following Liverpool’s pursuit of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk earlier this month.
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 comments for The Law Society Gazette: Money ball05 June 2017
Alex Kelham has commented in an article for The Law Society Gazette which discusses the increasing demand for Sports law, due to the "unparalleled commercialisation of the sector" and advances in technology.
Lewis Silkin advises Golazo Sports Marketing on their joint venture with The Great Run19 May 2017
Lewis Silkin, one of the UK’s leading sports practices, has advised Golazo Sports Marketing in relation to their collaboration and joint venture with The Great Run Company, founded by Olympian and world record breaker Brendan Foster.
Will you pass the red face test? - Naming and shaming of late payers has now arrived10 May 2017
From 6 April this year, all large UK companies (and limited liability partnerships) are now subject to a new regime which requires them to publish, on a Government website, detailed reports on their supplier payment policies and practices. The Regulations are designed to create public transparency of large businesses’ payment policies and practices, primarily for the benefit of small and medium-sized suppliers.
Alex Kelham comments for The Times: When HMRC looks to the stars04 May 2017
Alex Kelham has been quoted in an article for 'The Times' which discusses how disputes over image rights are increasingly about income and tax.