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Capital Law LLP handles commercial, governance, employment, litigation and IP-related matters for numerous high-profile sporting teams. The firm continues to represent Cardiff City FC and under the guidance of Wayne Beynon and Christopher Nott recently secured a favourable outcome for it in its long-running dispute with Panama-based company Langston Group.

As well as his longstanding representation of the Welsh Rugby Union, Hugh James’ ‘well-respected’ team head Gareth Williams also represents British Boxing Board of Control in a range of disciplinary and regulatory matters.

JCP Solicitors is best known for its 15-year association with Swansea FC, during which time it has continuously represented the club in its commercial, contentious and regulatory matters. Team head Christian Edwards continues to represent the club in the contract case brought by FC Utrecht relating to a sell-on fee for goalkeeper Michel Vorm following his move to Tottenham Hotspur FC. Other clients include Macron, Neath Rugby and The Welsh Judo Association.

Dolmans handles commercial, contractual and governance issues for national governing bodies including The Commonwealth Games Council for Wales, and is the only Welsh firm on the Legal Panel Framework set up by Sport England, Sport and Recreation Alliance, Sport Wales and UK Sport. Adrian Oliver heads the team.

Paul Hopkins leads Geldards LLP’s cross-disciplinary sports and leisure industry group, which acts for numerous governing bodies and sports clubs including Cardiff Blues, Swim Wales and FAW Football in the Community. IP partner Michael Lindsey has been representing the British Boxing Board of Control in passing off/trade mark actions concerning its Lonsdale Belt brought against various websites and ISPs.

At Thompson Darwin Limited, David Thompson is known for his work in the rugby union arena, in particular for the work he handles for the Scarlets – ranging from advice associated with players joining or leaving the club to complicated commercial contracts.

Harding Evans LLP’s Mike Jenkins continues to handle a range of work for Newport Gwent Dragons, including on player contracts and ground redevelopment plans. The firm also regularly handles work for individual rugby players including James Hook.

At Hutchinson Thomas, Roger Morris and Simon Thomas have excellent reputations for rugby disciplinary work, and were appointed as judicial officers to the Rugby World Cup 2015.

At Morgan LaRoche Limited, William Barletta continues to advise Welsh Hockey Union on constitutional matters. Other highlights include representing Ospreys Rugby Club in connection with the preparation of various sponsorship and other commercial agreements.

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