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UK UK-wide Sport

This section covers the lawyers and law firms who have a demonstrable commitment to the sports sector, and understand the unique pressures and constraints which sports entities operate under. The definition of sports law is oft disputed; Chambers sees commercial and regulatory work as its cornerstone, but seeks to highlight those firms which are best able to serve the sports industry as a whole, which requires consideration of work across a wide range of legal disciplines.

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Band 1
  1. Northridge
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    Northridge
    Sport
    UK 2023 | Band 1 | 5 Years Ranked
    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.
  2. Bird & Bird
    Sport
    UK 2023 | Band 1
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Band 2
  1. Charles Russell Speechlys
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    Charles Russell Speechlys
    Sport
    UK 2023 | Band 2 | 11 Years Ranked
    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.
  2. DLA Piper LLP
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    DLA Piper LLP
    Sport
    UK 2023 | Band 2 | 11 Years Ranked
    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.
  3. Level
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    Level
    Sport
    UK 2023 | Band 2 | 5 Years Ranked
    Level continues to demonstrate notable experience across sports, media, entertainment and technology law. It earns plaudits for its representation of individual athletes on 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.
  4. Centrefield LLP
    Sport
    UK 2023 | Band 2
  5. Onside Law
    Sport
    UK 2023 | Band 2
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Band 3
  1. 3
    Harbottle & Lewis LLP
    Sport
    UK 2023 | Band 3 | 11 Years Ranked
    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.
  2. 3
    Mills & Reeve LLP
    Sport
    UK 2023 | Band 3 | 7 Years Ranked
    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.
  3. Morgan Sports Law
    Sport
    UK 2023 | Band 3
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Band 4
  1. Lewis Silkin
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    Lewis Silkin
    Sport
    UK 2023 | Band 4 | 11 Years Ranked
    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.
  2. Mishcon de Reya LLP
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    Mishcon de Reya LLP
    Sport
    UK 2023 | Band 4 | 11 Years Ranked
    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.
  3. 4
    Squire Patton Boggs
    Sport
    UK 2023 | Band 4 | 11 Years Ranked
    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.
  4. Pinsent Masons
    Sport
    UK 2023 | Band 4
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Band 5
  1. Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
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    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
    Sport
    UK 2023 | Band 5 | 11 Years Ranked
    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.
  2. 5
    Clifford Chance LLP
    Sport
    UK 2023 | Band 5 | 2 Years Ranked
    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.
  3. Farrer & Co LLP
    5
    Farrer & Co LLP
    Sport
    UK 2023 | Band 5 | 11 Years Ranked
    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.
  4. 5
    Sheridans
    Sport
    UK 2023 | Band 5 | 11 Years Ranked
    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.
  5. Walker Morris LLP
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    Walker Morris LLP
    Sport
    UK 2023 | Band 5 | 6 Years Ranked
    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 on 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.
  6. Brabners LLP
    Sport
    UK 2023 | Band 5
  7. CMS
    Sport
    UK 2023 | Band 5
  8. McCormicks
    Sport
    UK 2023 | Band 5