The multi-disciplinary element of our practice means our team comprises specialist lawyers spanning the range of practice areas and locations in which we operate. This makes us unique as our team have not only immense experience in their field, but experience in a sporting context. Our team brings together specialists in:
- commercial agreements
- construction – planning, financing and construction of venues and surrounding infrastructure
- corporate – M&A, joint ventures and private equity investments
- dispute resolution
- IP – image protection and trade marks
- insolvency and restructuring
- real estate – planning and environment law
- public administrative law.
While the cornerstones of our growing practice are football and motorsports, our expertise covers all aspects. We have been involved in issues relating to:
- club acquisitions/disposals
- player contracts
- stadium construction
- financing arrangements
- franchising, branding and sponsorship agreements and disputes relating to these
- acting as judicial officers of, and legal advisers to, national and international governing bodies.
Members of our team are also involved in acting as judicial officers of, and legal advisers to, national and international governing bodies in respect of a range of sports.
Having advised numerous clients in relation to sports-related matters for over a decade, our experts can provide assistance on any legal issue within a sporting context.
"exceptionally professional, incredibly proactive and commercially astute"
Legal 500 UK 2015
Advising a potential promoter of a Formula One Grand Prix in negotiations with Formula One.
Heads of the Valleys Development Company Limited
Advising on a major PPP scheme to build a world class motorsports complex in South Wales, comprising a motor sport circuit and related commercial and leisure facilities.
Circuit of Wales Limited
Advising in relation to their negotiations with Dorna Sports S.L for the right to host the British round of MotoGP.
Rangers Football Club
Acting for the liquidators in relation to all aspects of the liquidation of the most successful domestic football club in the world, including high-profile and high-value litigation in England and Scotland.
Allegations of impropriety in a sporting event
Advising in relation to allegations of a commercial organisation's involvement in impropriety in relation to the bidding for a major sporting event.
Advising on the risks in entering into a loan agreement with a former Premier League football club to be secured by, amongst other things, an assignment of a future right to receive.
Breach of contract
Were able to provide urgent advice on a dispute relating to alleged breaches of contract and potential injunctive relief options within the motorsport industry.
Advised an education facility in relation to their two-year shirt sponsorship deal with a football club and negotiating the terms of the parties' broader collaboration agreement.
Advising in a dispute relating to sums said to be due from a sponsor pursuant to a sponsorship agreement and the extent those terms may be held to be penalties.
Advising an online sports betting brokerage on an international request to provide evidence in an investigation into a criminal gang engaged in football match fixing and online gambling.
Personality rights dispute
Advising a premier league footballer in respect of a possible breach of his personality rights under Hong Kong law.