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- Alex Kelham Lewis Silkin
- Craig Giles Bird & Bird
- Dan Harrington Level
- David Hinchliffe Walker Morris LLP
- James Earl Fladgate LLP
- Jason Saiban Charles Russell Speechlys
- Julian Pike Farrer & Co LLP
- Michael Lister Harbottle & Lewis LLP
- Patrick Mitchell Latham & Watkins
- Satish Khandke Charles Russell Speechlys
- David BenthamCentrefield LLP
- Julian Diaz-RaineyPinsent Masons
- Stuart BairdCentrefield LLP
- Andrew Nixon Sheridans
- Christopher Yates Clifford Chance LLP
- Daniel Geey Sheridans
- Jon Walters Northridge
- Liz Coley Level
- Matthew Pryke Hamlins LLP
- Philip Edmondson Ward Hadaway
- Richard Bush Bird & Bird
- Ross Sylvester Wiggin LLP
- Steven Tregear Russells
- Adam LeadercramerOnside Law
- Edward CantyCentrefield LLP
- John ClokeCMS
- Udo OnwereBray & Krais Solicitors
Up and Coming
1Bird & BirdSport2024 | Band 1 |Bird & Bird has a market-leading group of specialist lawyers instructed on the most complex and high-profile regulatory matters in world sport, including disputes and compliance. The team acts for an enviable client base of leading international federations, governing bodies, sports clubs and corporate entities. Its stellar commercial team advises on media rights acquisitions, tenders and sponsorship deals, as well as sport-related acquisitions and divestments. It has experience throughout a wide range of sports including athletics, rugby union, football, motorsports and cricket, and is internationally revered for its performance on large-scale investigations and external reviews. 1LevelSport2024 | Band 1 |Level continues to demonstrate notable experience across sports, media, entertainment and technology law. It earns plaudits for its representation of individual athletes in commercial mandates including rights arrangements and sponsorship deals, as well as domestic and international disciplinary proceedings. The team also represents federations, teams, broadcasters and sponsors in a range of matters. 1NorthridgeSport2024 | Band 1 |Northridge Law has an 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. It has a respected track record of acting for governing bodies, sports clubs and athletes on a range of mandates including regulatory enforcement, appeals processes and independent reviews. It is also active on commercial contracts, sponsorship and marketing instructions, with an increasingly established presence in the sports technology sphere.
- Centrefield LLPSport2024 | Band 1
- Onside LawSport2024 | Band 1
2Charles Russell SpeechlysSport2024 | Band 2 |Charles Russell Speechlys acts for a broad spectrum of governing bodies, clubs and sportspeople on major commercial and regulatory mandates, particularly in horse racing, tennis and football. The team demonstrates significant expertise in rights acquisitions and licensing arrangements, as well as activity in brand protection and sports marketing. It possesses considerable knowledge of technological advances and betting issues in the sports sector. Trusted by its clients to advise on the most high-profile global governance matters, often involving ground-breaking issues in sports law. 2DLA Piper LLPSport2024 | Band 2 |DLA Piper has a market-leading sports broadcasting offering that advises illustrious rights holders on domestic and international auctions and distribution contracts, particularly in football. It also has a considerable practice in event staging, advising on commercial arrangements for international events. Additionally, the team regularly assists with sports infrastructure arrangements, such as stadium financing, as well as sponsorship, competition law and related litigation. It also demonstrates expertise in sophisticated anti-piracy issues.
3Harbottle & Lewis LLPSport2024 | Band 3 |Harbottle & Lewis continues to handle a variety of matters across sports law, with expertise in sponsorship, media rights and reputation management work. It has particular strength in providing specialist advice on sports technology, e-sports, ticketing platforms and digital content. The team 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. 3Lewis SilkinSport2024 | Band 3 |Lewis Silkin has a multi-skilled sports team with core expertise in commercial matters across horse racing, cycling and cricket, as well as general disciplinary issues. It has 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. 3Mills & Reeve LLPSport2024 | Band 3 |Mills & Reeve has a notable sports practice with an outstanding offering in football. It frequently represents individual players in contract negotiations, disciplinary hearings and high-profile employment disputes, including discrimination claims. Well known for representing professional footballers on the set-up of image rights agreements, and regularly represents players from overseas playing for English clubs. Noted for the strength of its presence in women's sport. Strong focus on significant doping cases arising in football. 3Morgan Sports LawSport2024 | Band 3 |Morgan Sports Law is noted for its expertise in sporting litigation and investigations, particularly those relating to doping and corruption. It often acts for athletes, teams and governing bodies across all sports. The team frequently appears in CAS and High Court proceedings on behalf of both domestic and international clients. It acts for high-profile clients across football, boxing, rugby and athletics, among other sports.
4Mishcon de Reya LLPSport2024 | Band 4 |Mishcon de Reya houses a specialist sports team that handles an impressive portfolio of work that includes commercial, disciplinary and regulatory matters across a wide range of sports. The team advises football clubs on contentious matters as well as transactional work, including major player transfers. Also known for its involvement with sports organisations and charities, as well as its expertise in e-sports and gaming. 4SheridansSport2024 | Band 4 |Sheridans has a respected sports practice with a dedicated offering in the digital market and extensive contacts throughout the football world, with further expertise across a diverse range of sports including basketball, tennis and e-sports. It acts for a mixture of governing bodies, clubs, and broadcast and media rights holders on regulatory and commercial matters. Also assists a number of individual players on contractual and commercial arrangements. 4Squire Patton BoggsSport2024 | Band 4 |Squire Patton Boggs has a noteworthy sports practice that is supported by the firm's extensive global network. The team is regularly instructed by organisations across various sports, including leading football clubs, to handle corporate transactions, regulatory advice and employment matters. It possesses significant experience advising on sports media rights deals.
- CMSSport2024 | Band 4
- Pinsent MasonsSport2024 | Band 4
5Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLPSport2024 | Band 5 |BCLP is experienced in acting on behalf of lenders as well as sport governing bodies and clubs on finance transactions. Strong commercial offering complemented by expertise in contentious matters, particularly reputation management issues in the football industry. Also advises on contract structures for high-profile player acquisitions and transfer agreements. Noted for its capacity to advise on matters involving foreign sports leagues, particularly in Spain, Italy and South America. Additional strength advising on stadium construction and development work. 5Clifford Chance LLPSport2024 | Band 5 |Clifford Chance is a respected firm with an accomplished sports law practice that focuses on handling significant contentious mandates. The team is 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. It has noteworthy strengths in football and athletics, and regularly acts for sports clubs and sporting event organisers. 5Farrer & Co LLPSport2024 | Band 5 |Farrer & Co is instructed on matters across the whole sporting sphere, with acknowledged expertise in advising major governing bodies including Olympic organisations and The FA. It assists sports clubs with a wide range of commercial, property and governance matters. Also represents a number of elite athletes in commercial and private matters, including image rights, tax planning and reputation management. Offers a full-service approach with strength in safeguarding and employment matters. 5Walker Morris LLPSport2024 | Band 5 |Walker Morris is a well-regarded Leeds outfit with a sports group that specialises in football-related matters. It acts for an array of football clubs on both contentious and non-contentious matters, with noted capacity in sponsorship arrangements and commercial disputes. Possesses considerable experience in football club sales and purchases, and brand protection and exploitation. The team is frequently active on sports regulatory matters including disciplinary hearings.
- McCormicksSport2024 | Band 5
6Latham & WatkinsSport2024 | Band 6 |Latham & Watkins is highlighted for the team's ability to handle high-profile matters for leading players in sports in the UK and overseas. The team has experience acting on behalf of the likes of governing bodies, owners and clubs.
- Armstrong Teasdale LLPSport2024 | Band 6
- Brabners LLPSport2024 | Band 6
- Fletcher Sports LawSport2024 | Band 6