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UK 2022
UK-wide Sport
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3 Ranked Lawyers

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Harbottle & Lewis’ dedicated Sports team offers clients the full range of sport law services including sports marketing and sponsorship, broadcasting and event staging, reputation management, agency and media services, regulatory, team issues and eSports.

We have represented some of the biggest names across all sports, in both the domestic and international markets, and remain at the cutting edge of sports law – innovating with creative sponsorship deals, establishing and enforcing rules and regulations, negotiating rights across new channels and representing elite athletes facing new challenges and opportunities arising from changes to technology.

Our strength lies in the fact that we understand the sports industry from both a legal and a commercial perspective. This allows us to give the best possible advice to our clients who include governing bodies, sports rights owners, sponsors, teams, individual sports personalities and player associations.

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What the team is known for

Continues to handle a variety of matters across sports law, with expertise in sponsorship, media rights and reputation management work. Particular strength providing specialist advice on sports technology, e-sports, ticketing platforms and digital content. Acts for high-profile individuals and clubs in a variety of sports and is valued for its advice on major sports events and long-term sponsorship contracts. Also offers regulatory expertise including rule interpretations and disciplinary advice.

Work highlights

Assisted Kai Havertz with his transfer to Chelsea Football Club, including the negotiation of his image rights licence and playing contract.

Notable practitioners

Bob Mitchell is held in high regard for his longstanding presence as a high-end sports lawyer. He handles commercial and regulatory work for clients across all areas of sport from governing bodies to individual athletes.
"Bob has a wide range of knowledge and experience in professional sport. He has a calm and considered approach that builds confidence and aids our decision-making process."

Michael Lister specialises in sports marketing and provides expertise in the full range of sponsorship and endorsement matters. His clients include footballers and e-sports athletes as well as their respective teams.
"He understands our business well and has a high level of experience that has been very beneficial to our negotiations and contract drafting."

Sam Purkiss is a senior associate in the sports team at Harbottle & Lewis. He advises clients on commercial contracts and sponsorship deals and acts for a range of prominent athletes and sporting bodies in the areas of cricket and e-sports.
"Sam is always target-oriented and has a great sense for finding pragmatic solutions." "Sam is an excellent lawyer who is professional and thorough."

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Michael Lister
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