Sports Immigration & Transfers
We have in depth knowledge of the international and domestic regulation of football, advising football clubs, players and agents on structuring and documenting transfer deals in countries all over the world, including complex loan and sell on arrangements.
We also advise football clubs, agents, international federations and individual players and their families on all aspects of immigration to the UK and global travel. Our experience allows us to quickly assess eligibility and to spot issues before they develop into problems. We have an extensive network of contacts at the Home Office and worldwide which help us to offer practical and commercial solutions - meaning our clients can get the players, coaches and backroom staff they need with a minimum of fuss. We also have access to Spanish, Russian, French, Chinese and Japanese speakers on the team.
We are also market leaders in advising on third party investment in football, having acted for some of the world’s biggest investment funds for several years.
Examples of our recent work include advising:
- seven Premier League and a number of Championship football clubs on player immigration matters
- a leading UK football agency on a transfer deal involving temporary loan and future sell on arrangements with clubs in three different countries
- match agents on the immigration aspects of an international exhibition match between Brazil and Argentina in China
- a number of football clubs on arrangements for pre and post season tours and Champions League and Europe League fixtures
- an international Rugby union on immigration issues for its coaching staff
Stephen O’Flaherty recognised in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 for 202218 January 2022
Lewis Silkin’s Stephen O’Flaherty has been named in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 for 2022, celebrating the most daring, innovative, and creative lawyers in the UK for the past year. Stephen is one of two associates to be named in this year’s list.
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.
Serge Aurier visa ban28 November 2016
Andrew Osborne has commented on the breaking news that Serge Aurier has been denied entry to the UK due to his recent criminal conviction, across multiple international and European press and media outlets.
Payet Kante and Fabregas would have struggled to move to England post Brexit24 June 2016
Andrew Osbourne has commented in an article for The Times which discusses the implications of post-Brexit on British football.