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.
Alex Kelham comments for The Times: Lawyers come on to clean up unsporting behaviour31 July 2017
Alex Kelham has commented in an article for The Times Brief which discusses how allegations of tax fraud, dodgy transfer deals and good old fashioned dust-ups on the pitch are all creating legal headaches for clubs and players.
The FIFA World Cup 2018 - Ambush Marketing and the Law19 July 2017
Saturday marked 1 year to go until the 2018 FIFA World Cup final. The countdown clocks are ticking and the advertising industry is turning its thoughts towards the marketing opportunities which this mammoth sporting event present...
People with Significant Control - AIM Companies brought within the PSC regime12 July 2017
UK companies listed on AIM were previously exempt from the obligation to keep a register of people with significant control (PSCs), but recent changes mean they will have to have a register from 24 July 2017 onwards.
Company’s register of people with significant control (PSCs)12 July 2017
Most UK companies and LLPs are required to find out and record details of the individuals or legal entities that have significant beneficial ownership or control over them. The information must be recorded in the company’s register of people with significant control (PSC register) as part of its statutory books.
People with Significant Control - changes in force from Monday 26 June 201729 June 2017
With very little advance notice as to the detail, notable changes regarding the disclosure regime for people with significant control (PSCs) of UK companies and LLPs came into force on Monday 26 June 2017.