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A clear leader in the field’, Muckle LLP attracts praise for its ‘highly professional, efficient and effective service’ and ‘knowledge that is second-to-none’. The ‘incredibly experienced’ John Devine leads the group, which advises national governing bodies, clubs, managers and professional players across a wide range of sports including football, rugby and cricket. The team recently advised longstanding client The Football Association on the conception and launch of its Parklife project – a scheme aimed at providing all-purpose football facilities to communities around the UK. Other highlights included assisting the Caribbean Premier League on all legal issues relating to the international cricket competition and advising the Sport England Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme on its athlete funding and institution funding agreements. England Athletics, Chelsea FC Foundation and Durham County Cricket Club are also clients. Also recommended are the ‘excellent’ Tony McPhillips, who is recommended for professional player and manager contracts; associate solicitor Jess Swindells, who advises on sports grants and other banking issues; and senior associate John Kellett, who is a key name for real estate issues.

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