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Charles Russell Speechlys

Sport

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What the team is known for

Acts for a broad spectrum of governing bodies, clubs and sportspeople on major commercial and regulatory mandates, particularly in horse racing, tennis and football. Demonstrates significant expertise in rights acquisitions and licensing arrangements, as well as activity in brand protection and sports marketing. Possesses considerable knowledge of technological advances and betting issues in the sports sector. Trusted to advise on the most high-profile global governance matters involving ground-breaking issues in sports law.

Strengths

"Charles Russell Speechlys are very responsive, commercial and results-driven," an observer remarks.

An impressed client says: "I consider Charles Russell Speechlys to be a prestigious sports law firm that has hard-working and reliable lawyers."

"The whole team is very responsive to its clients' needs," one interviewee remarks, going on to characterise the firm as "proactive, engaged and solution-oriented."

Work highlights

Advised the International Tennis Federation on various commercial matters, including sponsorship and merchandising issues arising out of the name change of the Fed Cup to the Billie Jean King Cup.

Notable practitioners

Danielle Sharkey is a senior associate in Charles Russell Speechlys' London sports team. She frequently advises sports organisations on commercial contracts, anti-doping and regulatory concerns.
"Danielle is always available, very supportive and good at seeing thebigger picture."

Jason Saiban provides assistance to major sporting clients in relation to sponsorship and media arrangements. His clients include leading sporting goods manufacturers and sporting bodies.
"He has a good understanding of the needs we have as an organisation and a willingness to adapt."

Nicholas Couchman advises on commercial rights for all stakeholders in the sports industry, including governing bodies, tournament organisers and sponsors. He is recognised by market commentators for his longstanding experience in the sector.

Satish Khandke specialises in the full range of transactional and commercial activity arising in the sports sector. He acts for a range of high-profile investors and governing bodies.
"He has outstanding attention to detail and is my first choice for any complex drafting or negotiation issues."

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Overview

The sport industry has been forced to tackle seismic disruption as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the shutdown of sporting venues causing considerable damage to revenue streams.


Finance in sport was already changing rapidly pre-coronavirus. This will continue to evolve with an increased focus on private equity investments shifting the way clubs and events are managed. Those organisations flexible enough to adapt to the evolving market will be in the best position to succeed.


We will support you offering a team of lawyers with critical experience working within sports organisations. We understand how the sports sector functions; our team has supported clients across sport for over 100 years, from clubs, athletes and international regulators, to innovative disrupters in sports media and technology.

Sports Technology:
We combine the strength of our sport and technology teams to offer sports organisations, technology businesses and investors a range of market-leading legal services tailored to the emerging SportsTech industry.

Integrity & Regulation:
Our team has extensive experience advising a range of stakeholders across all areas of integrity.

Players & Athletes:
We have supported some of the highest profile players and athletes in the world. We are able to provide you the added benefit of our private client expertise, and can offer you leading legal support across philanthropy and personal planning.

Sport

Charles Russell Speechlys

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Location

5 Fleet Place

London

Greater London

UK

EC4M 7RD

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Danielle Sharkey
Associates to watch
Jason Saiban
Band 3
Nicholas Couchman
Eminent Practitioners
Satish Khandke
Band 3