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What the team is known for

Multi-skilled outfit with core expertise in commercial matters across a range of sports including horse racing, cycling and cricket, as well as disciplinary advice. Notable experience in employment and immigration work, particularly in football, and also advises on advertising and brand protection. Offers a contingent of specialist intellectual property lawyers to advise on matters surrounding trade marks and content licensing. Also well versed in sports technology and data management matters.

Strengths

Sources describe the team as "commercially minded, aware of budget constraints, responsive and easy to work with."

"They are very responsive, agile and really understand the needs of our business," an impressed client reveals, adding: "They give us alternative solutions and are very pragmatic."

Work highlights

Assisted a number of rugby players from the Northampton Saints in disciplinary proceedings relating to dangerous tackles, resulting in all charges being dismissed.

Notable practitioners

Alex Kelham co-heads the sports business group at Lewis Silkin and advises across the gamut of commercial and regulatory matters in the sector. She has significant experience assisting clients with media rights deals and sponsorship arrangements.
"She provides relevant and timely advice in order to future-proof our commercial deals."

John Shea is a senior associate in the sports business team at Lewis Silkin. He has considerable experience advising clients on sports investments, disciplinary proceedings and player contracts.
"He has very good knowledge of football regulations."

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Overview

Sports Business
Billions of pounds are spent and made globally each year as the business of sport grows ever-more sophisticated. The interaction between athletes, agents, fans, clubs, venues and governing bodies – as well as the brands that engage with them – is intricate and ever-changing.

These relationships and the complex framework of rights and regulations which surround them are what the business of sport is built upon, requiring specialist knowledge, a strategic approach and real commercial nous on the part of legal advisers.

As one of the UK’s leading sports practices, we are not just seasoned legal experts, we have a deep and rich knowledge of the sector. Many of our team are ex-professional athletes or have worked in-house at clubs, sponsors and major events. From negotiating global sponsorship deals and a wide range of commercial contracts, advising on player, manager and backroom staff employment issues, and implementing complex football financing deals, to advising on player transfers, sports immigration, brand protection, regulatory compliance and disputes at sport specific arbitration tribunals such as CAS, we bring to bear the added dimension of practical experience and in-depth insight.

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5 Chancery Lane

Clifford's Inn

London

Greater London

UK

EC4A 1BL

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Alex Kelham
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John Shea
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