Northridge Law LLP

Sport Department

UK-wide
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What the team is known for Outstanding team with a wide range of experience advising on high-profile contentious and non-contentious matters in football, rugby union and motorsport, among others. Respected track record acting for governing bodies, sports clubs and athletes on a range of mandates including regulatory enforcement, appeals processes and independent reviews. Also active on commercial contracts, sponsorship and marketing instructions, with an increasingly established presence in the sports technology sphere.

Strengths"The help and support provided by Northridge has been crucial in allowing us to push on with some technically difficult cases," says a client. "My impression of the lawyers at Northridge is that they are knowledgeable, intelligent and highly competent while being led by experienced partners."

Another adds: "I am a very big Northridge fan. Their boutique size allows them to offer personal, niche, excellent legal services."

Work highlights Represented Premier Rugby Limited in salary regulation breach proceedings brought against Saracens.

Notable practitioners


Ian Lynam
is renowned for his work assisting leading sports clients in the full range of transactional and regulatory activity including financial regulation, M&A, and players' transfers and contracts. He also has a strong focus on the use of sports data.


James Eighteen
continues to impress market commentators with his work on regulatory enforcement and investigations across a variety of sports. A client says: "James’s broad knowledge of sports law and his approachability make him our go-to person for advice."


Jon Walters
advises sports clients on corporate transactional work, governance and sponsorship agreements. Commentators confirm that he is "incredibly knowledgeable on all things sport-sponsorship, as well as general contractual principles."

The "absolutely brilliant"
Jonathan Ellis
is lauded by clients as "the absolute go-to person on regulatory matters." He offers clubs and governing bodies the benefit of his great depth of expertise and experience in significant contentious issues and regulatory proceedings.