Property & Venue Management
Our team’s expertise and experience covers all aspects of the life cycle of sports stadia and venues from planning, construction and development through to use and venue management.
In sport this includes providing planning and development advice on stadia, arenas, and training grounds as well as mixed use developments and leisure schemes. We are also experienced in negotiating venue use agreements, from use for ad hoc events through to major Games and licences for the use and occupation of areas within the venue.
Our team brings together specialists in real estate law with experts in corporate, development, financing, construction, tax, regulatory issues, planning, litigation and asset management. Our specialist real estate lawyers in our Sports Business Group have a rich experience in the sports sector. They include individuals who have worked in house for major events managing complex deals across multiple venues with numerous stakeholders, and others who’ve been intimately involved in some of the biggest sports stadia in the UK.
Our understanding of the sector and the competing interests of the various parties involved in sports related property deals means we can provide a holistic approach. We offer insight from across the market to provide practical solutions. We are also commercial in our approach and regularly advise on related matters such as stadia naming rights and sponsorship deals.
Examples of our team’s experience includes advising:
- a football club on the major redevelopment of a stand in their stadium, providing property and planning advice, including the acquisition of land and taking licenses from the Port of London Authority, to enable the structure to be extended onto the river-bed, including an Embanking Licence and a River Works Licence
- various property and planning issues for a Premiership football club including the lease grant for part of its head office
- on a stadium naming rights deal for a Premiership rugby club
- the lease of a major sports stadium to a Premiership football club
- licensing arrangements for the staging of various off-site events for the London 2012 Olympic Games
- the operation and use of the Lee Valley Velopark
- the funding of the London Aquatics Centre
More than just a stadium…18 September 2019
However it’s done, whether being rebuilt from scratch (Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Arsenal), expanded (Liverpool) or converted from other uses (West Ham, Manchester City), one thing for certain is that football stadiums are big business. In this article, we explore some of the current projects and highlight some of the hot topics surrounding these cathedrals of the national game.
CDM 2015: Who is the Principal Designer?01 August 2017
By now, everyone is familiar with The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (“Regulations”). However, there still seems to be confusion as to who should fulfil the role of the Principal Designer (“PD”).