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Field Seymour Parkes LLP’s team acts for professional sports clubs down to grassroots institutions and includes senior partner Ian Wood-Smith, who has strong links to the sports community due to his position as a director of Reading F.C. Senior associate Bettina Phillis leads the department following her arrival in February 2016 from an in-house position.

Irwin Mitchell has a notable practice representing governing bodies, including the British Athletics Commission and English Table Tennis. Faye Bargery assisted the latter with a governance restructuring. Litigation specialist Hannah Clipston leads the six-partner team.

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP has developed an impressive niche in the extreme sports field and has ‘proven itself to be highly capable of undertaking legal work on projects that are outside the norm’. Testament to this is the firm’s advice to the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust on a planned paramotoring expedition across 11 jurisdictions, which will trace the migration route of the Bewick’s swan. ‘Highly professional’ managing partner Bruce Hayter and Richard Cripps are recommended.

Robert Ryall’s team at SA Law LLP acted on a number of matters in the football space for clubs and players alike, and counts Watford F.C. and Udinese Calcio as clients. Belinda Walkinshaw is a key name for equestrian sports.

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