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Clifford Chance LLP

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What the team is known for

Respected firm with an accomplished sports law practice that focuses on handling significant contentious mandates. Particularly adept at assisting clients with regulatory and commercial claims, including business interruption and sponsorship disputes, as well as anti-doping and abuse cases in the industry. Has noteworthy strengths in football and athletics, and regularly acts for sports clubs and sporting event organisers.

Strengths

One client describes Clifford Chance's sports team as "insightful, committed and innovative," noting: "They provide very balanced and reasoned advice that lays out the legal requirements while also trying to work through the problem."

Another client remarks that the team "has excellent sector knowledge and is super driven," adding: "You never get half-done work from them."

"It is an innovative team that has a huge amount of expertise and a clear understanding of what their clients' needs are," sources reveal.

Work highlights

Advised a Premier League football club in relation to a dispute with a sponsor who was seeking to exit a sponsorship agreement as a result of the pandemic.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Yates is a sports lawyer with a strong contentious practice that covers the full gamut of commercial and regulatory disputes in the sector. He regularly advises sports clubs and event organisers in relation to sponsorship, broadcasting and branding disputes.
"He is across all the details and is always calm, pragmatic and strategic in his thinking." "He is very thoughtful in terms of the strategic analysis."

James Cranston is a senior associate with noteworthy experience of representing clients in commercial and regulatory disputes in the sports sector. He is particularly adept at assisting with cases related to cricket, football and athletics.
"He is very clever, massively hard-working and an absolute delight to work with."

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Clifford Chance LLP

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Location

10 Upper Bank Street

Canary Wharf

London

Greater London

UK

E14 5JJ

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Christopher Yates
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James Cranston
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