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Browne Jacobson LLP has broad expertise in sports law, ranging from to employment matters to procurement for construction of new facilities. The cross-departmental group includes construction partner Michael Sadler and commercial property lawyer Sarah Parkinson, who advise sport clubs on real estate management, ownership changes and new construction projects. Commercial specialist Peter Jones and employment expert Nigel Blackwell head the team. Peter Jones also provides employment support, including advising on commencement of employment with professional sports clubs. Nottinghamshire County Cricket Board, Donington Park Race Course and Leicester Tigers Rugby Club are clients.

The ‘excellent, insightful and timely’ team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP is led by Ed Wright, who is assisting Dame Kelly Holmes Trust (DKHY) with intellectual property and licensing matters as well as providing wider corporate and employment support. For example, Wright and Chris Kisby advised DKHY on the participator agreement with Postcode Lottery and corporate restructuring. The team is also managing the licensing agreement for the production and distribution of Mansfield Sand Company’s patented fibrelastic technology pitches to EuroSportsTurf. Other highlights included assisting Ultra Sport Europe with the termination of its longstanding UK and Ireland distribution agreement for water sports equipment with Bic Sport and managing bespoke franchise agreements for Football and Fitness. Commonwealth Games England is a new client.

Providing ‘in-depth knowledge and an efficient service’, the group at Nelsons Solicitors Limited assists local clubs with commercial matters, dispute resolution, restructurings, and commercial property sales and purchases. Highlights included negotiating pouring rights and sponsorship agreements for a local sports club, and assisting Derbyshire County Cricket Club with several commercial property matters such as freehold purchase registrations, license conversions and construction developments. Duncan Taylor is the name to note.

Smith Partnership’s team is strong on the commercial side, acting for sports clubs and athletes in contractual matters related to licensing, employment and partnership projects. Fraser Cunningham advised Derby County Football Club (DCFC) on its partnership agreement with the University of Derby and the contractual terms for audio and audio-visual rights packages as part of the Premier League Licence. Cunningham also assisted DCFC with its restructuring, which involved drafting new partnership agreements. Other highlights included advising Burton Albion Football Club on obtaining funding arrangements from Sport England for the development of an all-weather sports facility next to the Pirelli Stadium. James Johnson is another key contact.

Spearing Waite LLP’s team provides ‘excellent service and client care’ and assists professional sports clubs with a range of corporate and commercial matters, including strategic governance, restructurings, policy and regulatory amendments. It also advises on commercial property matters, employment issues and intellectual property portfolios. Andrew Rowell has an ‘excellent depth of knowledge’, particularly in employment matters. Jonathan Wheeler and Oliver Brookshaw ‘efficiently and concisely deal with corporate and governance issues’. Clients include Leicester City Football Club, Leicester Tigers and Leicestershire County Cricket Club.

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