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Centrefield LLP

Sports Law

5 ranked lawyersBand 2UK-wideUK 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Respected sports boutique acting for prominent clubs, sportspeople and regulatory authorities across football in particular, as well as cricket and both codes of rugby, among others. Provides advice on the full suite of commercial, regulatory and disputes matters, including anti-doping. Also demonstrates considerable capability in relation to immigration and sponsorship matters. Clients have included a series of Premier League clubs, including work on numerous transfers, managerial appointments and contentious employment matters.

Strengths

One client states: "When we go to them, we know we will get solid work and practical, outside-of-the-box thinking."

Another client describes the team as "proactive, knowledgeable and good value for money."

Work highlights

Assisted The Rugby Players’ Association with the drafting and implementation of Premiership Rugby's new salary cap regulations.

Notable practitioners

David Bentham has a strong emphasis on commercial matters arising in sport, including those involving sponsorship agreements, licensing and broadcasting rights. He also handles regulatory work in football and rugby.
"He is a top lawyer and the perfect image rights lawyer." "David provides exceptional service and has a really good working knowledge of the sports sector."

Deirdre McCarthy is a sports associate with a strong focus on football transfers and player contracts. She also has experience in employment disputes and disciplinary matters.

Edward Canty is recognised for his work in the football sector assisting with a range of player contracts and transfers. He also advises on disciplinary proceedings before the game's governing bodies.
"His advice is very pragmatic and he understands the football industry."

Matthew Bennett continues to receive plaudits for his standout football practice, regularly acting on behalf of Premier League giants, their players and managers, and domestic and international governing bodies. He frequently advises on international player transfers, contract renewals and disciplinary cases.
"He is responsive and a calming presence, which is really valued."

Stuart Baird provides sports immigration advice to players and clubs, including with regard to concerns over Brexit. He also handles a wide range of player transfers and disciplinary proceedings.

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David Bentham
Band 4
Deirdre McCarthy
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Edward Canty
Band 4
Matthew Bennett
Band 1
Stuart Baird
Band 5