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Bird & Bird

Sport

3 ranked lawyersBand 1UK-wideUK 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Market-leading group of specialist lawyers instructed on the most complex and high-profile regulatory matters in world sport, including disputes and compliance. Acts for an enviable client base of leading international federations, governing bodies, sports clubs and corporate entities. Stellar commercial team advising on media rights acquisitions, tenders and sponsorship deals, as well as sport-related acquisitions and divestments. Experience throughout a wide range of sports including athletics, rugby union, football, motorsports and cricket. Internationally revered for its performance on large-scale investigations and external reviews.

Strengths

A client remarks: "Bird & Bird has significant bench strength and the capacity to absorb large amounts of highly technical work. They are highly pragmatic, and service standards, including client care, are excellent."

Another client says: "They are the leaders in their field - for media rights and sports there is not anyone out there who has better knowledge of putting together a deal."

Work highlights

Advised The British & Irish Lions rugby team on commercial, sponsorship and employment aspects of its series against the South African Rugby Union.

Notable practitioners

Craig Giles is head of the sports group's media rights practice. As well as advising on media rights programmes, he also assists sports clients with their commercial agreements.
"He stands out as a person who knows the work, the business and the practicalities of our situation inside out."

Market-leading sports solicitor Jonathan Taylor offers sports governing and regulatory bodies the benefit of his market-leading expertise in tribunals, investigations and reviews.
"His strengths are his all-round knowledge, analytical ability, written and oral skills and approachable nature." "Jonathan has great client care skills, is very attentive, possesses encyclopaedic knowledge and has the capacity to unlock solutions."

Max Duthie handles a range of significant matters for major governing bodies in football and rugby including governance reviews, disciplinary proceedings and investigations.
"He has a strong grasp of the issues and is very good at getting his point across in a non-confrontational way." "He is responsive, unflappable and has an in-depth understanding of the sports industry."

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Sport


Craig Giles
Band 5
Jonathan Taylor
Star Individuals
Max Duthie
Band 1